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Director of Graduate Center Appointed

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Lisa Cassis, Ph.D.

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“Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, with recent estimates placing the Commonwealth of Kentucky at fourth in the nation for the prevalence of obesity. Health risks associated with obesity include high blood pressure, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Research in my laboratory focuses on the renin-angiotensin system as a link between obesity and these associated diseases.”

-- Lisa Cassis,
director,
Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2003) -- Lisa Cassis, Ph.D. professor of pharmaceutical sciences, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has been appointed director of the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences.

Cassis, who earned her doctorate in pharmacology from West Virginia University, studies the renin-angiotensin system, a system which plays a major role in the regulation of blood pressure and the functioning of the heart. Specifically, her research has an emphasis on the role of angiotensin, a hormone of this system, as a cause of cardiovascular diseases associated with the metabolic syndrome X. These diseases include hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Additional studies focus on the role of angiotensin in the regulation of energy intake and body weight.

“Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, with recent estimates placing the Commonwealth of Kentucky at fourth in the nation for the prevalence of obesity. Health risks associated with obesity include high blood pressure, diabetes, and atherosclerosis,” said Cassis. “Research in my laboratory focuses on the renin-angiotensin system as a link between obesity and these associated diseases.”

Cassis, who received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1992, has published in many prestigious journals, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, American Journal of Physiology, and The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

“The Graduate for Nutritional Sciences is a graduate training program and research model in which scientists historically separated by disciplinary boundaries work in close collaboration to advance the integrative discovery of science as it relates to nutrition,” said Cassis. “Given the widespread need for researchers in the Commonwealth in many different areas related to nutrition, the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences is poised to have a major positive impact in Kentucky.”


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