Strack receives $1.3 million grant to study neuroprotective proteins

A University of Iowa research team led by Stefan Strack, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will use a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study proteins that may help protect brain cells from stroke. Dr. Strack's team is studying proteins that function on the mitochondria of brain cells. Anil Chauhan, PhD, UI Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, is co-investigator on the grant. Dr. Chauhan and his team will carry out stroke studies using experimental models of the disease. Mitochondria are essential cellular structures that produce the energy that allows cells to survive when challenged by disease or injury. During a stroke, brain cells die because the mitochondria fail to meet the energy demands caused by lack of oxygen and nutrients.

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