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Sharma Delivers Lecture on Heart Failure

VERMILLION, S.D. – Neeru Sharma, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center presented research about heart failure at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine on Tuesday, May 16.

During her lecture entitled, “Molecular Regulation of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase in the Paraventricular Nucleus: Implications for Sympathoexcitatory States,” Sharma spoke about the impact of cardiovascular disease.

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death. At least 17.3 million deaths are caused each year and that number is expected to grow to 23.6 million by 2030,” said Sharma. “It is also the number one killer of women. More women die of heart failure than all cancer combined.”

Sharma’s research investigates the imbalance of nitric oxide and its effect on cardiovascular output. Sharma hopes understanding this imbalance will help medical researchers develop new treatments for cardiovascular disease.

“We need more therapies, more basic research to find causes and ways to treat this disease,” said Sharma.

Sharma is an assistant professor in the cellular and integrative physiology department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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