Murat Kaynar recently received an R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Combined Viral and Bacterial Infection and Zinc Homeostasis in Distal Lung.” Funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this study will explore how zinc may be used to regulate acute lung injury following viral and bacterial infections.
“It is well known that zinc deficiencies have a significant negative impact on issues of global health, including higher mortality rates associated with pneumonia and diarrheal disorders,” Kaynar notes. “What is less apparent is whether zinc deficiencies might lead to a greater likelihood of acute lung injury following viral and bacterial infections.” Kaynar and his team hope to determine whether supplemental zinc could be a useful treatment method for pneumonia, which could have a significant impact on global health. The study will begin in April 2015 and last until March 2020.
A. Murat Kaynar, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology, and is Program Director of the Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship and the International Program in Advanced Critical Care Training (IMPACCT) Fellowship.