SSTP Mentor Finds Cardiovascular Hormone System Affects Metabolism

Dr. Justin Grobe, UI assistant professor of pharmacology in the UI Carver College of Medicine and past SSTP mentor, made a major discovery this year. The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is responsible for the control of blood pressure. Hormones in the RAS play a role in the body’s metabolism and ability to lose weight. However, this hormone system may cause weight gain or loss depending on where it is operating in the body. Dr. Grobe and his research team discovered that this system activates certain receptors in mice, resulting in decreased metabolism and weight gain. Click here to read more about his discovery.


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