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With the increasing frequency of obesity and diabetes, especially in Georgia, cardiovascular disease is reaching epidemic proportions.  The Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University knows the demand is high for new and better treatments. Our internationally recognized team of research experts have one goal - to make breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of disease so that we all may live longer, healthier lives.

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MCG receives $2.84 million to study cancer and heart disease

July 20, 2021WRDW/WAGT

Chances are you or someone you know has cancer or heart disease. Those two kill more people every year in the U.S. than anything else. And they disproportionally impact people of color. Now the Medical College of Georgia is one of four institutions in the country selected to help study the correlation between cancer and heart disease. The American Heart Association gave $11 million to four different institutions, and MCG got $2.84 million of it. They showed us how they’re enlisting students in their fight.

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Promising research for genetic disorders by using gene editing

July 26, 2021The MEANS Report with Brad Means

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Exciting research is underway at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, especially when it comes to genetics. Promising results have already been discovered that could correct genetic problems and create disease models. It all starts with gene editing, in particular – prime editing. So what is prime editing? We take a closer look at the exciting research this week with Dr. Joseph Miano – a vascular biologist – and Dr. Lin Gan – a geneticist – both at MCG.

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An 'ah-ha' moment links rare lung disease with cancer and a rogue gene

December 8, 2021The Augusta Chronicle

Cancer researcher Caryn Bird, 29, was walking down the hall at Augusta University with her boss when she found she didn't have the breath to carry on a conversation. She stopped, but it didn't get better, even after reaching his office. Her shortness of breath was getting worse and wasn't responding to asthma treatments.

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Making veins stronger so heart bypass grafts, dialysis access work better

A $400,000 Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association will support work to make the middle layer of veins more like the thicker middle of arteries, which are built to handle the pressure of the heart pumping blood. into them.  

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Increase in leptin levels in preeclampsia prompts cardiovascular cascade that puts mother and baby at risk

Increase in leptin results in endothelial dysfunction in which blood vessels constrict, their ability to relax is impaired and baby’s growth is restricted.

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Stepp is new director of MD/PhD program

The federally funded vascular biologist has mentored more than a dozen aspiring scientists.

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New evidence of how exercise can counter diabetes damage

Diabetes damages damages existing blood vessels and ability to grow new ones. Exercise could help.

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