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East Tennessee: Receives Grant from NHLBI to Study Central Regulation of Blood Pressure and Metabolism

Dr. Matthew Zahner, assistant professor, and Dr. Allan Forsman, professor, in East Tennessee State University College of Public Health’s Department of Health Sciences, received a three-year, Academic Research Enhancement Grant for $437,335 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study the how the brain regulates metabolism and blood pressure.

Metabolic syndrome refers to the clustering of known cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other emerging risk factors within an individual.  Heart disease still remains the leading cause of death in the world and people with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack and five-fold more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.  Thus, there is a clear need to better treat metabolic syndrome and its related comorbidities.  Dr. Zahner and his fellow investigators Dr. Forsman and Dr. Lu are studying how Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF 21) functions within the brain.

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