Mariann Piano, PhD, FAAN
Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing
UIC College of Nursing (MC 802)
845 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Piano's research program is directed at understanding the
mechanisms that underlie alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Dr. Piano's
research uses a rodent animal model of ACM to study alcohol-induced
changes in the heart. A major aim of Dr. Piano's research program is to
examine pathophysiologic mechanisms that are involved in the initiation
and progression of ACM. Her previous research has focused on activation
of peptide and neurohormonal systems, and her current research is
focused on mitochondrial injury and oxidative stress. She is also
conducting studies with female rats to better understand the effects of
estrogen and other sex-related factors in the progression of ACM. Other
research efforts are concentrated in the area of heart failure. Dr.
Piano specifically has an interest in examining interventions that
improve physiologic and psychosocial outcomes in heart failure
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Piano's primary teaching expertise and experience is in the area of
physiology and cardiovascular nursing. Areas of physiology expertise
include: signal transduction, smooth muscle, skeletal and cardiac
muscle, and gastrointestinal physiology. Within the area of
cardiovascular nursing, her areas of expertise include: heart failure,
myocardial infarction, and alcoholic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Piano
coordinates the graduate level physiology and pathophysiology class
within the College of Nursing and also teaches within several of the
nurse practitioner acute care/critical care classes.
Service / Practice
Dr. Piano is a nationally recognized leader in cardiovascular nursing. Dr. Piano serves on the Editorial Board of Circulation and Cardiovascular Toxicology , as well as several cardiovascular nursing journals such as Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing .
She has participated in the writing and publication of several
Scientific Statements and Advisory Statements from the American Heart
Association. Dr. Piano is a very active member of the American Heart
Association (AHA) and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA). She
currently serves on the Research Committee of HFSA and is the chair of
the National AHA Cardiovascular Nursing Awards Committee.
Favorite past time: family and friends. When not at work, she can be
found on either a soccer field or in attendance at her two sons'
Current Research Projects: