A group of researchers led by Dr. José López Barneo, of the University of Seville and Virgen del Rocío hospital, are taking part in European project PULMOTENSION. The aim of this research project is to fight pulmonary hypertension (PH), a serious illness. PH describes a group of chronic vascular diseases that cause lengthy disability with a fatal ending. It also causes heart failure due to high blood pressure in the lung’s blood vessels, brings shortage of breath, and decreases physical capacity in young and middle-aged patients.
Prof. Antonio Castellano, of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics of the University of Seville, explained to Andalucía Investiga the goal of the research group: ‘We focus on the effects of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) on pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. When these cells contract, hypertension occurs and blood flow decreases’.
This multidisciplinary collaboration comprises 31 prestigious institutions of the European Union (EU). Two of the groups are from Spain – the one from Seville and another one from the Hospital Clinic i Provincial of Barcelona, coordinated by Dr. Joan Albert Barberá. Associated companies from 12 countries will also work with these organizations.
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