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Published in This Week on October 01, 2012

AHA honors do Carmo for cardiac research

do carmoDr. Jussara do Carmo, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, received the 2012 Harry Goldblatt Award for New Investigators during the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions Sept. 19-22 in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes an early career investigator each year and highlights his or her contribution toward understanding blood pressure control, hypertension and related cardiovascular disease.

In her research, do Carmo investigates the effects of the hormone leptin on blood pressure and appetite.

The presentation marked the second year a faculty member from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics received the award. In 2011, Dr. Alejandro Chade, associate professor of physiology, received it.

The award is named after Dr. Harry Goldblatt, a pathologist who established the first animal model of hypertension in 1934. His model provided researchers the tools to delineate the renin-angiotensin system of blood pressure control and, eventually, to design enzyme inhibitors to treat chronic hypertension.

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