Penn State College of Medicine graduate student Emily Swartz has won the 2013 Michael Goldberger Research Excellence Award, presented by the National Neurotrauma Society. Swartz’s research is on gastrointestinal function following spinal cord injury. Her research suggests that the loss of normal function in the blood vessels after a spinal cord injury leads to a loss of adequate blood flow to the digestive tract. An inflammatory response develops from this lack of blood flow, which triggers a cascade of problems that reduce digestive function.
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