Texas Tech Professor Awarded NIH Funds for Mitral Valve Research
June 2, 2010
A Texas Tech engineering professor has been awarded nearly $400,000 by the National
Institutes of Health to help prevent mitral regurgitation.
Zhaoming He, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was
given this award for his proposal titled Mitral Valve Coaptation Plate for Ischemic
He has been studying the mechanical and muscular function of the mitral valve and
the best way to repair or modify it.
“Our research has the potential to greatly impact the way that surgeons work on the
mitral valve,” He said. “This will lead to more efficient ways of performing surgical
procedures and could guide the medical community in the development of new devices
that can prevent mitral regurgitation. In the end, this will extend the life and increase
the quality of life for patients with certain heart diseases.”
He is now examining the use of a coaptation plate. This is affixed to the mitral valve
to aid in the proper closing of the valve, thus minimizing or resolving regurgitation
and overcoming ischemia.
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