Washington University Vascular Surgeon Wins Award to Improve Limb Preservation in Diabetic Patients

Vascular Cures has named Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD, at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, as its 2015 Wylie Scholar in Academic Vascular Surgery. The $150,000 multi-year grant, co-sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery, was awarded to support Dr. Zayed’s research on the role of phospholipids in the progression of peripheral arterial disease in the setting of diabetes. Individuals with chronic diabetes – approximately 20 million Americans, develop a unique pattern of diffuse lower leg peripheral arterial disease, which dramatically increases their risk for poor tissue healing and higher rates of major lower extremity amputations. It is presumed that accelerated arterial plaque development (atheroprogression) and impaired arterial collateral formation (arteriogenesis) contribute to this process, but the molecular processes that lead to this are not yet understood. Dr. Zayed’s current research will provide the impetus for future translational studies that aim to improve peripheral arterial patency and limb preservation in diabetic patients. To learn more about Dr. Zayed’s work click here.

Vascular Cures’ Wylie Scholar Program provides financial assistance to outstanding surgeons at the early stage of their careers to help them develop as academic vascular surgeon-scientists. Vascular Cures has advanced breakthrough research since 1982.

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