Congratulations to 2016 Wylie Scholar Dr. Ryan McEnaney, MD on receiving the Veterans Affairs BLR&D Career Development Award!
Diseases involving arterial blockages are the leading causes of death and disability in North America and Europe, and have a high prevalence in the Veteran population. Dr. McEnaney’s studies so far have demonstrated that a certain nucleotide is necessary for collateral artery growth and blood flow recovery. The long-term goal of his research is to develop a therapeutic for arterial occlusive diseases by directing the biochemical signaling mechanisms for arteriogenesis (increase in the diameter of arteries).
The Wylie Scholar Program is a 3-year career development program that funds crucial research to allow young vascular surgeon-scientists to compete for future funding. With the support from the Wylie Award, Dr. McEnaney was able to successfully apply for the VA CDA-2 grant, a $1.5 million grant that will carry through 2022.