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The Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science and Toxicology Virtual Seminar


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. CT (US & Canada)

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Sullivan, PhD

Professor, Department of Physiology, Medical College at Augusta University

Title: “Do T cells underlie sex differences in blood pressure control?”

Summary:  Hypertension affects ~46% of adults in the U.S. and is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and premature death.  In ~85% of cases, the cause of hypertension is unknown and fewer than 40% of hypertensive patients taking medication achieve blood pressure (BP) control to recommended levels.  It is now well accepted that hypertension is a state of low-grade inflammation and T cells contribute to the development and maintenance of hypertension in both sexes. There are also numerous reports of sex differences in immune cell activation in hypertension, with females have more anti-inflammatory T regulatory cells and males having more pro-inflammatory Th17 cells. My seminar will discuss our recent work examining the relative contribution of immune cells to blood pressure control in males vs females.

Please send an email to Ann Fields (cfield15@uthsc.edu) if you are interested in the Zoom seminar.