Hypertension and Vascular Health Lab – Michael Brown, Ph.D.

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Our research program focuses on hypertension, vascular health, and exercise in African Americans. Our research uses complementary human and cell models to address research questions. Specifically, we focus on elucidating the mechanisms by which changes in lifestyle factors lead to beneficial changes in both conventional and non-conventional cardiovascular disease risk factors.

We focus primarily, but not exclusively, on African Americans as their morbidity and mortality rates from cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertension, exceed other U.S. populations. Our goal is to provide preventive and therapeutic strategies by using a combination of cell/molecular biology, human intervention, and community involvement research.