Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Professor Receives Grant to
Study New Strategies for Decreasing the Risks of Heart Attack
COLCHESTER, VT. – February 15, 2011 – Karen Glass, Ph.D., an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Vermont Campus of
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS-Vermont), has received a
two-year grant from the American Heart Association in the amount of $132,000.
She will be researching new approaches for reducing the risks of heart attack in
individuals suffering from heart disease.
The onset of heart disease places additional stress on the heart, leading to
damage of the heart tissue. Unfortunately, the heart is incapable of producing
new replacement cells, so it responds by growing existing cells, a phenomenon
known as cardiac hypertrophy. Instead of strengthening the heart, hypertrophy
significantly weakens the heart muscle, making the individual more susceptible
to a heart attack.
Cardiac hypertrophy is spurred by the reactivation of dormant gene expression
pathways in our bodies. The focus of Dr. Glass’ grant will be to explore the
molecular mechanisms that reactivate these signaling pathways and gain insight
into the design of new therapeutic strategies for preventing and treating
“If we can block the gene expression pathways
that stimulate cell growth in the heart, we can prevent the onset of cardiac
hypertrophy, and, by extension, reduce the risks of heart attack among patients
who suffer from heart disease,” says Dr. Glass.
About Dr. Glass
Dr. Glass is a native of Essex Junction, Vermont. She received her bachelor’s
degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her
Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Vermont.
Following the completion of her postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado
Denver, she joined the faculty at ACPHS-Vermont in fall 2010. In addition to her
research activities, she teaches courses in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry,
and infectious disease.
About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health. The College possesses all of the qualities for an outstanding education, including diverse academic programs, modern facilities, and distinguished faculty. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers three bachelor’s programs and six graduate programs in the health sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont.