NOW:53208:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
72°
H 73° L 50°
Partly Cloudy | 7MPH

MCW researcher to study relationship between nervous system cells and blood flow in brain

June 17, 2014

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how astrocytes, the cells that support neurons in the brain and spinal cord, affect the genetic makeup and function of other cells in the brain.

David R. Harder, Ph.D., professor of physiology, medicine and pediatrics at and associate dean of research at MCW and the Kohler Company Professor in Cardiovascular Research, is the principal investigator of the grant. His research interests focus on the genetic and molecular basis of how the vasculature of the brain self-regulates cerebral blood flow.

Astrocytes are cells in the brain and spinal cord that support neurons through a variety of means, including supplying nutrients and modulating ion concentrations critical to neuronal activity. Astrocytes release a large number of molecules that may affect gene expression in neighboring cells and are thought to be involved in regulation of cerebral blood flow. A major goal of this grant is to analyze this array of released astrocytic factors, and to determine how it may alter the gene expression and function of cells in the brain’s vasculature and of invading tumor cells.

The results of this project will provide further understanding of how blood flow in the brain is maintained and may impact research in related fields, including stroke, hypertension and other pathologies of the nervous system.

This research is supported by NIH grant 2R01HL033833-29.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players 02:25 PM

» Wauwatosa Village valet service tentatively halted on Sundays 02:23 PM

» Wauwatosa East girls cross-country team looking for good things 8/26

» Wauwatosa West returnees should help girls cross-country team 8/26

» Wauwatosa East tennis team has nine returning players 8/26

» Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team has holes to fill 8/26

» Wauwatosa girls golf team fourth at first GMC mini-meet 8/26

» Potter to lead Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team 8/26

» Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football? 8/25

» Suspected pipe bomb draws neighborhood attention in Wauwatosa Updated:  8/24

» Carey, defense spark New Berlin Eisenhower win 8/24

» Wauwatosa School District mobile app now available for download 8/24

» Bomb squad blasts suspicious canister found at East Tosa gas station Updated:  8/23

» Police detonate suspicious object near Wauwatosa gas station 8/23

» Defense takes the spotlight in 'Battle of Tosa' 8/22

» Defense shines as West beat East, 17-0 8/21

» Bryant & Stratton College debuts health care labs in Wauwatosa to aid in field experiences 8/21

» Tosa Street Style event takes place Aug. 21 - 22 8/20

» Public invited to Monarch butterfly migration celebration 8/20

» The 2015 Suburban Milwaukee Prep Football Guide 8/19

» Get to know: Wauwatosa East Red Raiders 8/19

» Weather moves Wauwatosa City Softball title to Tuesday at Hart Park 8/19

» Wauwatosa West girls tennis team seeks third straight triple crown 8/19

» Ripple to lead Wauwatosa East swimmers again 8/19

» MUHS' Foley earns honorable mention All-American honor 8/19

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporter Rory Linnane explores the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT