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UTA researcher receives $441,000 NIH grant to develop technology for cardiovascular health

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A UTA researcher will use a National Institutes of Health grant to build new imaging technology that will study blood vessel function in patients with heart failure that could lead to quicker diagnosis and life-saving treatment.

Michael Nelson, an assistant professor of kinesiology and principal investigator of this new project, will work on the $441,000 NIH grant with two other faculty members - Mark Haykowsky, the college's Mortiz Chair in Geriatrics, and Fenghua Tian, a faculty research associate in the Department of Bioengineering - to develop a device to study how oxygen is delivered to skeletal muscles and how those muscles utilize that oxygen.

"There's no technology like this available," said Nelson, who has helped bring in more than $1 million in grants since joining UTA two years ago.

"I think one of the reasons why this application was successful is because no one else is doing anything like this.

This will be the first study to assess both sides of the equation at the same time in a clinical setting."

Once developed, the technology will be applicable to a wide range of diseases and health conditions.

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