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January 20, 2010

SIU Med School Receives NIH Grant to Study Digestion

A faculty member at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a five-year federal grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health.  The study will focus on gaining a better understanding of the digestive process and has a total budget of $1,705,121.

Victor V. Uteshev, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology at SIU, is the principal investigator for the project.

The study will investigate a class of compounds used in medications and determine how the compounds affect neurons that control the gastrointestinal system and digestion as well as other organ systems of the body.  The results of the research may lead to new ways to improve digestion.

This is the third grant awarded for Uteshev’s research, which is focused on understanding mechanisms that regulate nerve function and signaling and how nerve function is changed by using pharmacological agents including nicotine.

Uteshev joined the SIU faculty in 2006.  He earned his doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada (1997).  He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia (1989, 1987).