Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, FAHA

Director of Translational Science, Heart Institute

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Molecular and signaling mechanisms of heart failure; cardiac fibrosis; drug and therapeutic discovery

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Dr. Burns C. Blaxall has focused his entire career on understanding the molecular mechanisms of heart failure. He received his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center. He then rose through the faculty ranks at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, where he also directed the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-into-Grad Fellowship in Cardiovascular Science. 

In 2012, he was recruited to the Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he is director of Translational Science. Dr. Blaxall has received many academic honors, including the Early Career Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA), the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Founder’s AHA Affiliate, the Merit Award for Research Achievement from Mended Hearts, and election as fellow of the AHA.

PhD: University of Colorado HSC, Denver, CO, 1999.

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

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Martin ML, Blaxall BC. Cardiac intercellular communication: are myocytes and fibroblasts fair-weather friends? J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2012. 

Jaffré F, Friedman AE, Hu Z-Y, Mackman N and Blaxall BC. Beta-adrenergic receptor stimulation transactivates Protease-Activated Receptor 1 via MMP-13 in heart. Circulation. 2012;125(24):2993-3003.

Kamal FA, Smrcka AV, Blaxall BC. Taking the heart failure battle inside the cell: Small molecule targeting of Gβγ subunits. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2011;51(4):462-7.

Ram R, Mickelsen DM, Theodoropoulos C, Blaxall BC. New approaches in small animal echocardiography: imaging the sounds of silence. Amer J Pathol Heart Circ Physiol. 2011;301(5):H1765-80.

Belmonte S, Blaxall BC. G-protein coupled receptor kinases as therapeutic targets in cardiovascular disease. Circ Res. 2011;109(3):309-19.

Aguilar F, Casey LM, Belmonte S, Noujaim SF, Maekawa N, Dunaevsky O, Protak TL, Noujaim S, Jalife J, Berk BC, Gertler FB, Blaxall BC. Cardiac dysfunction in Mena knockout mice. Amer J Pathol Heart Circ Phys. 2011;300(5):H1841-52.

Casey LM, Pistner AR, Belmonte S, Jaffre F, Migdalovic D, Stolpnik O, Nwakanma F, Vorobiof G, Dunaevsky O, Smrcka AV, Blaxall BC. Small molecule targeting of G beta gamma prevents heart failure progression. Circ Res. 2010;107(4):532-9.

Jaffré F, Bonnin P, Callebert J, Debbabi H, Setola V, Doly S, Monassier L, Mettauer, Blaxall BC, Launay JM, Maroteaux L. Serotonin and angiotensin receptors in cardiac fibroblasts coregulate adrenergic-dependent cardiac hypertrophy. Circ Res. 2009;104;113-123.

Bullard TA, Protack TL, Aguilar F, Bagwe S, Massey HT, Blaxall BC. Identification of Nogo as a novel indicator of heart failure. Physiolog Genom. 2008;32(2):182-9.

R, Hampton CR, Casey LM, Bullard TA, Tencati M, Pedersen B, Andrade-Gordon P, Sayen MR, Gottlieb RA, Pohlman TH, Verrier ED, Blaxall BC, Mackman N. Par-1 in Cardiac Remodeling and Heart Failure. Circulation. 2007;116(20):2298-306.