Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced that a $550,000 grant was awarded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant, a total of $2.2 million to be awarded over a four year period, will be used to conduct research on high blood pressure.
"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the physicians and researchers of UT Southwestern Medical Center on this grant," Congresswoman Johnson noted. "The research conducted and care provided at UT Southwestern is second to none, and I am confident that this funding will further UT Southwestern's exceptional record of conducting groundbreaking medical research." The funding will be used to determine how aldosterone, a hormone produced in the adrenal gland, increases blood pressure during exercise in patients who already have high blood pressure.
"This grant will enable UT Southwestern to continue investigating how to help people with high blood pressure lead healthier lifestyles and enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of regular exercise," said Dr. Vongpatanasin, who holds the Norman and Audrey Kaplan Chair in Hypertension.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is home to many nationally and internationally recognized physicians and scientists, including five Nobel Laureates, 19 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 18 members of the Institute of Medicine, a highly esteemed component of the National Academy of Sciences.