Microvascular ischemia is common, particularly in the setting of critical illness. We need better ways to evaluate, diagnose and treat these conditions, whether they relate to microvascular myocardial ischemia, as a primary diagnosis of complication of other acute illness, or non-myocardial ischemia during the course of surgery, injury, infection or acute illness.
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in critically ill patients in the USA, affecting particularly young children and the elderly. A hallmark of septic shock patients upon diagnosis is peripheral blood cytopenia. This persistent cytopenia commonly affects myeloid, lymphoid and erythroid lineages resulting in immunosuppression and is a well-established predictor of fatal outcome. Clinical trials targeting the production... more »
A great deal of focus has been placed on understanding chronic lung diseases such as asthma and CF. Long term changes in inflammatory and epithelial processes are well documented in this area. However, less research has addressed the impact of successive pulmonary injuries and how these seemingly acute events shape the lung response. This is the crux of the multi-hit theory regarding interstitial lung disease. Many acute... more »