Research Funds Set Record for Med Center Department
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Research funds set record^ for med center department By SALLY REESE Times Medical Writer The Department of Physiology and Biophysics at LSU Medical Center currently has more than $1 million in research funds. That's a milestone, according to de-partment head Dr. John N. Diana. For the first time, a single department of the medical center has topped the million-dollar mark in generating funds for research, he said. Department members can be proud of the achievement, Diana added. They have accomplished this in the face of fierce competition for a shrink-ing research dollar. And their success reflects recognition by national peer-review boards of the quality of their studies, Diana said. Most research funding comes from national sources, although Diana noted some $33,000 from state and lo-cal sources. Primarily, funds have come from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart As-sociation. Current grants are as follows: • $107,489 over three years to Dr. Kirk Barron for study of the inter-action between the nervous system and the hormone angiotensen in con-trolling blood pressure. Angiotensen is highly suspect in the study of hypertension, according to Diana. "Some believe it is a major con-tributing factor," he said. Angiotensen can act directly on small blood ves-sels, causing constriction, which elevates blood pressure. • $309,351 over five years to Diana and Dr. Lee Bairnsfather to study changes in the blood circulation of the heart during heart failure and hyper-trophy (enlarged heart). • $101,447 over three years for Dr. Bernard Fleming to study factors which control blood flow in the tiny ar-teries, capillaries and veins. One of Fleming's interests is the in-trinsic mechanism of small-vessel constriction, which can elevate blood pressure and control blood flow to body tissues. This is called the myogenic mechanism, and Diana said it has been implicated in hypertension. • $99,660 over three years to Dr. Bruce Klitzman to study factors which control oxygen delivery to the tissues. Klitzman wants to know what controls the distribution of red blood cells — there are more in the large arteries than in the capillaries where oxygen exchange occurs — and how that changes in pathological states such as sickle cell anemia and hypertension. • $169,630 over three years to Dr. Russell Prewitt to study factors be-lieved to contribute to hypertension. Prewitt's focus is on microcirculation: he wants to know if any correlation ex-ists between the disappearance of small blood vessels and hypertension. • $168,000 over a five-year period to Prewitt as a Research Career De-velopment Award to enable him to de-vote virtually full time to research. • $99,381 over a three-year period to Dr. Tomas Welbourne to study am-monia production in the kidney. The grants represent a good share of the total research funding the medical center has this year. The overall figure is about $2.6 million, according to Dr. Dairy 1 Williams, assistant dean for re-search.
|Title||Research Funds Set Record for Med Center Department|
Physiology and Biophysics Department (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport)
Diana, John N.
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