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Researcher to provide new insight for treating vascular disease
Date:10/27/2008

ndothelial cells in the microcirculation of skeletal muscles are stimulated to produce electrical and chemical signals. These signals are essential for coordinating the activity of entire branches and networks of the microcirculation. These networks act as a team that orchestrates the delivery of oxygen and nutrients as well as removes metabolic products in active tissues.

"The research in my laboratory is concerned with understanding the cellular and molecular events that initiate the signals involved in controlling blood flow, how such signals are transmitted from cell to cell to orchestrate vasodilation and vasoconstriction in an organized manner, and how these integrative processes are governed by the nervous system," said Segal, who joined the faculty at MU in 2006. "In turn, understanding these basic processes that are integral to the microcirculation provides new insight for developing novel approaches to treating vascular disease. The research environment at Mizzou is ideal for pursuing these goals."

The MERIT Award is designed to provide long-term, stable support to investigators whose research competence, productivity and scientific contributions are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner.


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Contact: Kelsey Jackson
JacksonKN@missouri.edu
573-882-8353
University of Missouri-Columbia
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