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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2001

Hypertension Research Receives Award

DAYTON, OHIO--The American Heart Association has given a Merck New Investigator Award for Latin America to Katya V. Rigatto, D.V.M., a Brazilian currently researching hypertension at Wright State University School of Medicine.

Collaborative efforts between Wright State researchers in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, have studied the role salt plays in hypertension.

The study of hypertension - its causes and effects on the body - is the focus of a research team lead by Mariana Morris, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Wright State University School of Medicine.

Rigatto will present her research findings and receive the award at the 55th Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association in September. Rigatto will receive $2500 and the opportunity to present her research at the conference. These conferences provide programs for physicians and research investigators that enhance their knowledge and update them on the latest developments in research.

Rigatto has been studying at Wright State as part of a special Brazilian funded program which allows Ph.D. students to conduct part of their thesis work in another country. Rigatto has a D.V.M. degree and is studying for her Ph.D. She is also a professor at the Federal University of Pelotas-RS-Brazil