New NIH Support for Aging-Related Research

October 1, 2012

New NIH Support for Aging-Related ResearchTwo BME faculty members, Dr. Lee Murfee and Dr. Taby Ahsan, are participants in an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant which mentors junior faculty to become high caliber researchers in aging-related topic.

Increases in the average age of the population in the US have led to a growing need to address age-related issues. The Tulane University Center of Aging, established in 2007 under the directorship of Dr. S. Michal Jazwinski, focuses on multi-scale investigation of the causes and characteristics of aging. Recently, Dr. Jazwinski was awarded an NIH COBRE grant to develop faculty expertise in aging-related topics.

Drs. Murfee and Ahsan both have a focus on vascular bioengineering. Dr. Murfee is studying the formation and stabilization of microvascular networks in animals with hypertension, or high blood pressure. Dr. Ahsan is investigating the types of stem cells that can be used to help restore the vascular supply in damaged tissue after a myocardial infarction, or heart attack.


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