Marian University has received its first ever funding from the National Institutes of Health. The $300,000 grant will support the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s research on the skin condition rosacea, which the school says affects about 16 million Americans.
The research, led by associate professor of neuroscience and pharmacology Kristen Metzler-Wilson and physiology professor Thad Wilson, will involve using specialized techniques to measure facial neurovascular activity in response to flushing triggers. The goal, Metzler-Wilson says, is to understand the underlying cause of the condition in order to design treatments that go beyond addressing the symptoms.
Marian says the the research will bring opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students in areas including medicine, exercise science, biology and chemistry. Research is set to begin this summer.