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John LaDisa

Marquette researcher receives $1.5 million NIH grant to study congenital cardiovascular disease

Dr. John LaDisa, Lafferty Professor in Engineering and associate professor of biomedical engineering, has received a $1.5 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to define vascular changes that occur in patients with coarctation of the aorta.

A congenital disease that affects 5,000 to 8,000 people annually in the United States, coarctation of the aorta is characterized by a severe narrowing of the main artery that delivers blood from the heart to the body.