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Release: Dec. 17, 1999
UI researcher receives American Heart Association grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa Robin Davisson, Ph.D., University of Iowa assistant
professor of anatomy and cell biology, has received a National American Heart
Association Career Investigator Award.
Davisson will receive $260,000 over the next four years to help fund a project
titled "Selective Gene Deletion along the Hypothalamo-hypophyseal Axis:
A Tool for Studying Neural Control of Blood Pressure."
Through the study using animal models, Davisson wants to develop new methods
for selectively knocking out genes in discrete regions of the brain while
leaving the genes undisturbed in the rest of the body.
"This is a very powerful tool for understanding precisely how certain
genes determine how the brain functions normally," Davisson said. "Because
we are interested in how the brain is involved in causing blood pressure to
change, we are focusing on genes and brain areas that are critical for this
important basic function."
Davisson noted that these new knockout techniques could be widely applicable
when studying many brain functions and therefore many diseases that are caused
by brain dysfunction.
Davisson is one of 75 individuals throughout the country to receive the
National American Heart Association Career Investigator Award. More than 300
people competed for the awards.
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