Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awards UT Southwestern $12 million to continue Dallas Heart Study

the body from bad cholesterol and gene defects associated with early heart attacks

Nearly 6,000 Dallas County residents have participated in the Dallas Heart Study, and now researchers are asking those participants to come forward to take part in the next phase of the project.

"There are people out there who participated in the Dallas Heart Study that we just can't find now, for a variety of reasons," said Dr. Helen Hobbs, director of the Reynolds Center. "We need as many of these participants as possible to continue into the next phase of this research."

While the Dallas Heart Study is not looking for new recruits, past participants who wish to continue should call the project hotline at 214-648-4555 for more information.

The new grant will continue to support genetic studies, led by Dr. Hobbs, of heart disease-related risk factors using data from the Dallas Heart Study. It also will support continuation of molecular research aimed at preventing and treating harmful enlargement of the heart, led by Dr. Eric Olson, chairman of molecular biology.

Another project is aimed at discovering whether stem cells from the heart or bone marrow could repair an injured heart. That study is led by Dr. Daniel Garry, associate professor of internal medicine.

The grant also will support an experiment that draws on neighborhood barbers to increase the detection and treatment of high blood pressure among African-American men, a particularly vulnerable group at high risk for cardiovascular disease. The program is designed to improve awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure by having the barbers measure it when the customers come in for a haircut.

Analysis of data from the Dallas Heart Study indicates that African-American men had the highest rate of uncontrolled hypertension, according to Dr. Ronald Victor, chief of hypertension at UT Southwestern and principal investigator of the barbershop study.


Contact: Amanda Siegfried
UT Southwestern Medical Center

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