Kenia Nunes

Florida Institute of TechnologyUnited States of America

Dr. Kenia Pedrosa Nunes is a vascular biologist who studies diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and especially erectile dysfunction (ED). She received her master’s degree in Molecular and Biochemistry Pharmacology and her Ph.D. in Physiology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Nunes specialized in vascular function and dysfunction and started to study how the immune system contributes to the development of hypertension and diabetes-associated ED. The role of the immune system in diabetes and cardiovascular disease is now being investigated by many scientists around the world. Dr. Nunes’s research has been supported by the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2009. She is a professor of Human Physiology and Anatomy at the Florida Institute of Technology, where she continues to work on rewarding projects involving diabetes and hypertension, using animal models to investigate different pathways leading to vascular diseases and new treatment targets. She has to her credit more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 6 book chapters, and an international patent regarding pharmaceutical compositions to improve vasculogenic erectile function.

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Type 1 diabetes (TD1) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in children and can occur at any age. Incidences of T1D have steadily increased worldwide, and it is largely considered an autoimmune disorder resulting from the specific destruction of pancreatic beta-cells producing insulin. However, T1D pathophysiology is still not completely understood, and although insulin and other therapies ameliorate the manifestations of the disease, no cure is currently available. This book has been written by widely acknowledged experts, with each chapter providing unique information on emerging aspects of T1D. Because a large body of information has been available regarding T1D, this book highlights lesser explored topics linked to the subject using important and recent knowledge that presages directions for further research. Current possibilities to forestall diabetic complications are also explored.

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