Inside Research at Utah State University

At Utah State University’s Sunrise Sessions, faculty and students share their research with community members and business leaders from the Wasatch Front. Held quarterly in downtown Salt Lake City, these early-morning presentations detail how USU research addresses pressing issues that impact Utah’s citizens and its future.

All are invited to attend these events at no charge thanks to generous sponsorship by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Each session is free and open to the public.


Next Session: February 9, 2018 | Lisa Berreau

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Lisa Berreau

Carbon Monoxide: A Future Therapeutic?

While typically thought of as a deadly gas, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced in humans during the healing process.  Studies of the beneficial health effects of low doses of CO have revealed anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and anti-proliferative effects, as well as the promotion of vasodilation. Several clinical trials are currently underway evaluating the use of inhaled carbon monoxide as a therapeutic. However, a challenge in using inhaled CO as a therapeutic is that it does not enable the delivery of controlled amounts of CO to specific targets and diffusion into tissues is unpredictable. Our laboratory is developing molecules similar to the flavonoids found in fruits, vegetables, and teas as carbon monoxide-releasing molecules that can be triggered to release CO at a specific time and location. The results of our studies will be discussed in the context of this rapidly developing area.

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