USF cardiovascular researcher highlighted in “Reasons for Research” video series [video]

Hana Totary-Jain, PhD, an assistant professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, is among leading scientists from across the country who appear in the Research!America “Reasons for Research” video series to discuss why federal support for medical and health research is crucial to saving lives and reducing health care costs.

The National Institutes of Health-funded research team led by Dr. Totary-Jain — including students at all levels — is part of the USF Health Heart Institute.  They are working on solutions for heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders.  The team’s research focuses on developing new nanotherapies to reverse arterial damage caused by atherosclerosis. These investigational therapies, designed to target diseased cells without harming healthy cells, could be applied to other diseases, including cancer.

“Today we have the tools to treat many diseases, but it takes many years of training and hard work to make the right discoveries that lead to treatment,” Dr. Totary-Jain said.  “That is why it is crucial that the U.S. government continues to invest in biomedical research.”

Hana Totary-Jain, PhD, far right, with her research team

Research!America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority.

-Video and photo by Sandra C. Roa, University Communications and Marketing