About The Institution

LSU Health Shreveport

LSUHS is teaching and training the subsequent generation of scientists and medical professionals who will carry on the illustrious tradition of cutting-edge medical research and innovative healthcare. LSU Health Shreveport, one of only 140 academic medical centers (AMC) in the country, is a prized asset in a community that campaigned for it for decades. The main goals of Louisiana State University Health Shreveport are to teach, heal, and discover in order to improve the state's, the region's, and the world's well-being. The Schools of Medicine, Graduate Studies, and Allied Health Professions under LSUHS are located in Shreveport.

Vascular Biology

The heart and blood vessels are a part of the vascular system. The blood vessels comprise veins and arteries, which are tubes that carry blood away from your heart and toward the rest of your body. The most crucial task performed by this intricate system is delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to your cells and organs.

Why vascular biology should be significant to you is that vascular system disorders can be fatal or significantly reduce your quality of life. Scientists, vascular surgeons, and other medical professionals can better understand vascular disorders' causes thanks to vascular biology. With this understanding, new and improved techniques for disease prevention and treatment are now feasible.

Cardiac Biology

Heart muscle cells, blood vessels, fibroblasts, inflammatory cells, and extracellular tissues make up the heart, a dynamic multicellular organ. Any of these cell or tissue abnormalities, including cardiac failure and potentially fatal arrhythmias, can result in heart disease.

Researchers in the field of cardiac biology concentrate on understanding healthy heart function and figuring out how sick hearts develop. They employ experimental systems that include human heart tissue, cultured cells, and mice models of human heart disorders.

Neuromuscular Biology

Skeletal muscle's ability to contract and relax depends heavily on the neuromuscular junction. It carries the excitatory electrical impulse from the neurological system to the muscle fiber, causing the muscle fiber to contract. Presynaptic electrical impulses are converted into motor activity at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), a specialized cholinergic synaptic contact between a motor neuron and skeletal muscle fiber. Motor neurons, myogenic cells, and Schwann cells must coordinate their signaling and cellular communication in order for the NMJ to develop and remain functional. NMDs (neuromuscular disorders) can cause loss of motor input and NMJ function, which can end in paralysis or even death.

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