Nutritional sciences assistant professor Dr. Sam Emerson received a grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the state’s technology-based economic development agency.
Emerson plans to test methods of monitoring blood glucose and triglyceride levels after a meal. While the body’s metabolic response to a meal is often an early indicator of disease, current testing procedures typically require patients to remain sedentary in a clinic or laboratory for six to eight hours while blood is drawn from an intravenous catheter. Emerson seeks to improve the testing procedure to make it provide a more positive patient experience.
Research funded by OCAST investigates causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases and disabilities and facilitates the development of innovative health care products and services. OCAST’s Health Research program is designed to: (1) strengthen the competitiveness of Oklahoma health researchers for national research funds; (2) recruit and retain outstanding health research scientists to the state; (3) improve health care for Oklahomans; and (4) strengthen the state’s health care industry.
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