PMCH Seminar Series
Feb 14, 2011
"Carbon Monoxide – The Ugly, The Bad and The Good?"
Graduate Student, Population Health Sciences
Thursday, February 17
1.104 Ewing Hall
Carbon monoxide (CO) has been regarded as the “silent killer” of organisms that rely on oxygen for their energy supply and survival, in part due to its colorless, odorless and tasteless nature, even at toxic doses. Paradoxically, there has been increasing evidence in most recent years that reveals that low doses of CO (50-500 ppm) may mediate a protective effect. I will present a brief overview of the spectrum of the effects of CO - from high to low doses with a focus on its cytoprotective effects in the airway and its potential for therapeutic use in asthma. Currently, there is an important need for the discovery of an alternative and effective therapy to treat airway inflammation in asthmatics, and especially in severe asthmatics. The difficulty in characterizing and treating severe asthma has led its utilization of a disproportionate amount to the overall economic burden of asthmatics worldwide. Preliminary results in human airway smooth muscle cells (HASMC) have revealed that exogenously administered CO significantly decreases the cell’s pro-inflammatory and proliferative response both of which contribute to the chronic effects of asthma. Understanding the mechanism behind the anti-inflammatory of effects of CO will help further the understanding of the range of effects of CO, and its potential for therapeutic use to treat airway inflammation.
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Please join us in wishing Joseph Saenz, PhD a farewell as he embarks on a new adventure.
Joseph Saenz obtained his PhD and is going to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology, working with Dr. Eileen Crimmins and colleagues.
During his PhD stay at UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and SCOA, he published several papers on aging among U.S. Hispanics and Mexicans. He consistently made presentations in local, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, winning several honors and awards.
At SCOA, he also coordinated the MHAS research work group.
We will miss him for his great scholarship, extraordinary citizenship, and personal disposition!