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Matthias Nahrendorf's Lab

The laboratory focuses on the role of immunity in cardiovascular disease, specifically in atherosclerosis and heart failure. Of particular interest are the supply and production of leukocytes by the hematopoietic system, and the signals that regulate hematopoiesis after ischemic injuries such as myocardial infarction or stroke. We described that after myocardial infarction, the spleen releases a large population of ready-made leukocytes that travel to the ischemic heart (Science 2009). We further found that after myocardial infarction, increased sympathetic nerve activity modulates the hematopoietic stem cell niche, activating migration and proliferation of myeloid progenitor cells. This, in turn, accelerated the progression of atherosclerosis (Nature 2012), possibly explaining why secondary infarcts are so common in patients. We are interested in identifying and blocking danger signals arising from ischemic injury, including neural signals that amplify systemic inflammation. The laboratory also develops and employs imaging approaches to sample biology non-invasively, using MR, nuclear, optical and hybrid imaging.

We closely collaborate with the Swirski lab.

Recent Publications (more...)

Hulsmans M, Aguirre AD, Bonner M, Bapat A, Cremer S, Iwamoto Y, King KR, Swirski FK, Milan DJ, Weissleder R, Nahrendorf M
Miniaturized, Programmable Pacemaker for Long-Term Studies in the Mouse
Circ Res. 2018;:ePub - DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313429
Frodermann V, Nahrendorf M
Macrophages and Cardiovascular Health.
Physiol Rev. 2018;98(4):2523-2569 - PMID: 30156496 - DOI: 10.1152/physrev.00068.2017
Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M
Cardioimmunology: the immune system in cardiac homeostasis and disease.
Nat Rev Immunol. 2018;:ePub - PMID: 30228378 - DOI: 10.1038/s41577-018-0065-8
Brannen A, Eggert M, Nahrendorf M, Arnold R, Panizzi P
Correlation of 360-degree Surface Mapping In Vivo Bioluminescence with Multi-Spectral Optoacoustic Tomography in Human Xenograft Tumor Models.
Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):3321 - PMID: 29463820 - PMCID: PMC5820276 - DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21668-4

Recent News (more...)

2018-08-27: Boston Globe writes about our recent publication - MGH says it's discovered tiny channels connecting skull and brain
2018-07-17: Matthias Nahrendorf joins the Advisory Board for Nature Reviews Cardiology.
2017-07-21: "..changing from racing a Ferrari to riding a bicycle (with a flat tire)" - former CBS fellow Florian Leuschner is documenting his transition from a postdoctoral fellowship in the United States to junior faculty in Europe in this Circulation Research paper. (pdf)
2017-07-10: Recent CSB work featured in the NEJM. (pdf)
2017-06-27: The Nahrendorf and Swirski labs at the 2017 Atherosclerosis Gordon Conference, which elected Fil Swirski as 2021 conference chair.