GMS 6413 Advances in Hypertension Research

  • Course Number: 6413
  • Credits: 3
  • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
  • Course Syllabus: Download

Course Description

This is an advanced graduate class, also suitable for postdoctoral students, which will expose students to important, current aspects of hypertension research. It begins with clinical trials and pharmacogenomics, and then considers mono‐and-polygenic forms of hypertension, as well as dietary/environmental influences leading to salt dependent hypertension/metabolic syndrome/type 2 diabetes. The course continues with neural control of BP and stress‐induced hypertension, then endothelial dysfunction/inflammation in hypertension. The course concludes with hypertension in pregnancy and fetal programming of hypertension. The teaching faculty are drawn from a wide range of disciplines and are all actively involved in research on their areas of expertise

Course Goals

Hypertension is a multifactorial disease and this course explores: 1) some of the current treatments available; 2) how cardiovascular, neural, endocrine, and renal function all influence blood pressure control; 3) how vascular endothelial dysfunction and inflammation are associated with hypertension; 4) how genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors can determine the level of blood pressure; 5) the complexity of the factors that lead to hypertension.