Vinicio De Jesus Perez, MD
Research Awards Nationwide Recipient (2013-2015)
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
How Blood Vessel Cells Promote Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Not much is known regarding the origin of Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), a devastating disorder associated with the progressive increase in pulmonary pressure resulting from loss and impaired re-generation of small blood vessels. It has been postulated that failure of pericytes, a highly specialized blood vessel cell which helps to promote small vessel maturation and survival, leads to vascular dysfunction. This research will attempt to determine the role these blood vessel cells have in the origin of IPAH.