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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:10 pm

A researcher at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley won a nearly $2.4 million, four-year grant to study how lipid levels and individual genetic makeup can lead to heart disease among Mexican-American patients.

Joanne Curran, a professor in the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute and the department of human genetics at the UTRGV School of Medicine, said identifying how lipids and genetics play a role in cardiovascular disease can lead to earlier treatment for heart disease patients and the development of new medications.

She is collaborating with a researcher from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia on the study. The National Institutes of Health awarded the grant.

“The Hispanic population is the fastest growing in the U.S., so we need to understand health in that population,” Curran said.

John Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and vice president of Health Affairs at UTRGV, said the study will have local benefits because cardiovascular disease risk factors like diabetes and obesity are prevalent in the area.

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