Eccles Institute of Neuroscience Seminar Series: Obesity promotes vascular sympathetic hyperinnervation associated with oxidative stress and inflammation

Dr Rebecca Haddock, Autonomic and Cardiovascular Dysfunction Group, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU.

Affecting 3.7 million people, cardiovascular disease is Australia’s largest health problem. The risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, is significantly increased in individuals who are obese or overweight. Increasingly, emerging evidence suggests that obesity-related hypertension is a distinct disease type, with disturbances in sympathetic nerve activity considered to play a critical role in the onset and progression of this disease. Our work on vascular sympathetic nerves controlling blood pressure is directed to uncovering new therapeutic targets aimed at reducing excessive nerve-mediated vasoconstriction and decreasing blood pressure in the obese.

Date & time

3.30–4.30pm 14 September 2012


The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU


 Danielle Khalidi
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