UTHSCT Biomedical Researcher Receives NIH Grant

Posted/updated on: October 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

TYLER — A scientist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler who investigates life-threatening lung disease has been awarded his first research grant from the National Institutes of Health: $550,800 over five years. Torry Tucker, Ph.D., will use the money to probe the mysteries of pleural fibrosis, a lung disease caused by bacterial infections, exposure to asbestos, and heart bypass surgery. “Our research could allow people with scarred lungs to take 30 steps without being out of breath, rather than just 10 steps. That’s the difference between going to your front door and walking to your mailbox,” Dr. Tucker said.

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