Dr. Richard Wainford
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Dr. Wainford is the director of the Laboratory of Cardio-Renal Research in the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Wainford’s research interests focus on the central neural control of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure regulation. The laboratory utilizes an integrated physiological, pharmacological, molecular, and gene-targeting approach to investigate the anti-hypertensive role(s) of central G-alpha-subunit proteins in the endogenous GPCR-activated pathways that regulate central sympathetic outflow, fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, and systemic blood pressure regulation in salt-resistant and salt-sensitive animal models. The major goal of his research is identifying the underlying pathophysiology of and potential treatments for hypertension. Current studies concern the role of central G-alpha subunit protein gated pathways in mediating the neural control of kidney function and systemic arterial blood pressure.