The center uses a state-of-the-art laboratory of molecular diagnostics. These include nucleic acid sequences, quantitative PCR and microarrays, and Pathology laboratory, with light microscopy and immunohistochemistry.


The center’s computer software helps the execution of advanced molecular modeling. The CICD takes part European research projects, such as Cariplo and BRE, INSERM, the Ministry of Health and Telethon. Professor Arbustini and her scientific team are particularly famous for research in rare, inherited forms of cardiomyopathies. Furthermore, they focus on rare multi-organ conditions, such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Prof. Arbustini is in charge of the center and is particularly well-known for her studies on patients’ genetic background. She also utilizes histologic studies on such conditions. Her research has been published in top scientific journals like Human Genetics, JACC, European Heart Journal, American Journal of Cardiology and many others.

The center has two main Labs:

Laboratory of Molecular Genetics

A staff of genetic biologists, lab technicians and biomedical engineers run the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics. They perform genetic tests and biomedical analysis on blood samples for the research of gene mutations. These mutations are often responsible for rare diseases and syndromes in patients, and in whole families.

Laboratory of Cellular Pathology

The Laboratory of Cellular Pathology provides tissue sample analysis to develop research and diagnosis of rare cardiovascular or lung diseases. The lab tightly collaborates with the Cardio-surgery Department, supporting pre and post cardiac, as well as lung transplantation activity.