Marshall University Investigator Secures $1.36m from NIH for Kidney Research

Based in West Virginia, a Marshall University biomedical researcher and associate professor secured $1.36 million in a Research Project Grant (RO1), one of the most competitive grants issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sandrine V. Pierre directs the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIR) and serves as the study lead for the four-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the NIH, to investigate the regulatory mechanism of salt handling by the kidney and malfunction of this mechanism that makes up the body’s ability to remove salt. Capitalizing on the renowned expertise of Marshall investigators on the signaling and scaffolding function of the Na/K-ATPase protein and its impact on cardiovascular function, the implication here, according to Dr. Pierre, “The mishandling of salt balance by the body contributes to development and progression of many common diseases…”From hypertension to organ damage due to excess salt amounts.  Pierre declared for a Marshall University news release, “Therefore, the proposed investigation has profound basic and clinical implications and may also pr...

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