Monday, June 09, 2014
CSU: 'Researcher studies obesity, cardiovascular disease'
"Christopher Gentile wants to find out why obese people are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and he just received one of the state's biggest biomedical research grants to do it.
Gentile, an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University, is one of only seven scientists in the state to receive a $225,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation to support his research, which focuses on a part of the cell believed to cause decreased health in blood vessels.
During the three-year study, Gentile will use animal models to pinpoint the cell component believed to make vessels rigid and lose their ability to constrict and dilate in cases of obesity or diabetes. If the cellular culprit is confirmed, he and his team will apply their findings to humans by testing a blocking agent’s effectiveness in a group of obese test subjects as well as a control group."
Link to the full article at Today@Colorado State