August 16, 2007
The Tulane University Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence has received a grant of more than $11 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue its pioneering research in the field of high blood pressure and its effect on the kidneys as well as the role of the kidneys in the development of high blood pressure. Funding for the first year of the grant is approximately $2.2 million. The grant will be paid out over five years, with reviews of program achievements and progress held each year.
The grant money will help pay for research into factors affecting kidney development in newborns, the impact of diet on high blood pressure, the mechanisms responsible for high blood pressure in kidney patients and how blood circulates in the kidneys of people with high blood pressure.
With hypertension, or high blood pressure, affecting millions of Americans, the Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence is vital to finding ways to combat this disease. The center's objectives include providing support for the research projects of junior faculty investigators and strengthening Tulane's biomedical research capacity and facilities to enable key research in hypertensive renal and cardiovascular diseases.
The center opened in 2002 with a $3.4 million grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents Health Excellence Fund. In the same year it was established by the NIH as one of its Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) with a $10.8 million grant. Principal investigators and co-directors of the Tulane University Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence and the COBRE are Gabriel Navar, professor of physiology and Lee Hamm, professor of internal medicine and interim dean of the school of medicine.
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