Audrey Stone awarded $2.4 million NIH Grant

Audrey Stone has received a $2.4 million, four-year grant from NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the project, Temporal Effects of Inflammation on the Autonomic Control of Circulation During Exercise in Type 2 Diabetic Rats. Stone is an assistant professor. The project co-investigator is Michelle Harrison, director of the Health and Integrative Physiology (HIP) Laboratory. Both are in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

People with diabetes experience chronic inflammation that can effect their sensory nerve fibers. This can lead to serious cardiovascular issues, such as fatal arrhythmia or stroke. “This project will provide new insights on the role of inflammation throughout the progression of diabetes on the cardiovascular responses to exercise,” Stone says.

“It is very rare for an assistant professor to receive a grant of this magnitude. We are quite proud of Audrey and her co-investigator, Michelle Harrison,” says John Bartholomew, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.