Researchers from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in collaboration with international partners in China and Italy and colleagues in the United States, presented their findings at the 2013 American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions last week in New Orleans. Marshall was represented by eight presentations.
“We are very pleased that all eight of our research abstracts were accepted for presentation at this world-class conference,” said Dr. Nader G. Abraham, vice dean for research at the School of Medicine. “Marshall is truly expanding its medical research footprint and is being recognized at the international level.”
Abraham said research from Marshall scientists and clinicians includes findings on heart disease, obesity, fatty liver and hypertension.
“Much of our research here at Marshall is focused on the issues that plague our population in West Virginia and really the entire Appalachian region,” Abraham said. “For instance, the project that the dean, Joseph Shapiro, and I have been working on with researchers from Beijing and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science in North Carolina has found that there are small, special fatty acids that can improve heart attack mediated damage to prevent further damage, which may eventually lead to developments in new therapies and prevention.”