The Cardiovascular Research Institute at Baylor College of Medicine (CVRI) recently hosted its 8th Annual Symposium. This year we were honored to feature Dr. Alan Daugherty, Gill Foundation Chair of Preventative Cardiology and the Director of the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center as the keynote lecturer. In addition, this year’s symposium program featured a special panel session that focused on the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on cardiovascular disease and new treatment paradigms. CVRI was able to highlight over 60 posters and awarded five “Best Poster Awards” to basic science & clinical trainees and researchers and junior faculty. In addition, three outstanding faculty were awarded the inaugural Dr. Mark L. Entman Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Education.