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Mustafa al'Absi Ph.D. and national team awarded major NIH grant
Date:9/26/2007

medical monitoring in Duluth and Minneapolis, and Lorentz E. Wittmers Jr. M.D., Ph.D., who will assist in physiological testing.

Test participants would be connected to portable wireless sensors and data would be transmitted to a data repository. First steps in the research will involve assembling the biochemistry and software technology and testing them in a controlled laboratory setting with healthy people as subjects. Once scientists are certain the technology performs as expected, they hope to launch future studies to measure how the heart, blood vessels and blood chemistry are reacting 24 hours a day to real-world living situations.

Commenting about the body of proposals funded by the NIH as part of the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said, "This is groundbreaking research in understanding the complex factors that contribute to health and disease. Researchers have long known that our genes, our environmental exposures and our own behavioral choices all have an influence on our health. This new initiative will use innovative genomic tools as well as new instruments for measuring environmental factors from diet and physical activity to stress and substance addiction in order to begin sorting out how these different factors affect a person's risk for a number of health conditions."


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Contact: Michelle Juntunen
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University of Minnesota
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