$4.1 million going towards heart research at Clemson

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Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the ones you love, but the holiday has also become an opportunity to promote heart health.

Will Richardson and Naren Vyavahare, with the Clemson College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences have announced the launch of two separate research projects.

Richardson and Vyavahare announced on February 14, 2019 that they have each received grants from the National Institutes of Health for new heart research. The two grants total $4.1 million in research funding in Clemson’s Department of Bioengineering.

Richardson, an assistant bioengineering professor is developing computer models designed to provide better treatment for cardiac fibrosis, a condition that contributes to heart failure.

Vyavahare, the Hunter Endowed Chair of Bioengineering, is working on the treatment to reverse vascular calcification, which occurs when mineral deposits build up on blood vessel walls and stiffen them. Complications tied to vascular calcification can range from hypertension to death.

Martine LaBerge, chair of the Department of Bioengineering, congratulated Richardson and Vyavahare on the grants. “Their awards are further confirmation that Clemson is home to some of the nation’s top bioengineering faculty,” LaBerge said in the press release.



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