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The Role of the Brain in Obesity-Induced Hypertension

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded more than $2.4 million to a research team led by Colin Young, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), to study how cell stress in the brain could impact the risk of obesity-induced hypertension. Read more

Emphasizing Leadership

As the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) reaffirms the importance of diversity, inclusion, and clinical partnerships, Jeffrey S. Akman, MD ’81, RESD ’85, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and SMHS dean, is working to align the school’s strategies with GW President Thomas J. LeBlanc’s vision for the university.
“In this process,” Akman said, “the roles of several leaders have expanded to guide our school as we aspire to pre-eminence.” Read more

High Anxiety and Heart Disease

Paul Marvar, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has received a more than $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to study the psychological components of anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in assessing a possible connection between high stress and cardiovascular disease. Read more