MCW gets $1.7 million to study cardiovascular disease gene

NIH funds will examine blood vessel stress

The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Wauwatosa-based The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $1.7 million grant to study genetic factors linked to cardiovascular diseases.

The Medical College of Wisconsin.
The Medical College of Wisconsin.

The grant is from the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and the principal investigator is Julian Lombard, Ph.D., professor of physiology at MCW.

Lombard and her team will specifically be investigating the NRF2 gene, which helps regulate proteins that protect against oxidant stress, a disruption that can negatively impact the function and growth of blood vessels in those with high salt diets.

Individuals with high salt diets are susceptible to high blood pressure and other diseases that impact blood vessel function. The NIH grant will be used to study the genetic absence of NRF2, and whether the gene could be used as a treatment for oxidant stress.

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Molly Dill
Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.