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The research of Dr Lucitt focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis and thrombosis. Current emphasis is placed on how statin therapy mediates inflammatory and thrombotic effects outside of their lipid lowering ability in protecting against cardiovascular disease. Studies are carried out looking at inflammatory pathways in macrophage cells which constitutes the primary inflammatory cell in atherosclerotic plaques in blood vessels. Thrombotic effects following statin therapy are also investigated using microfluidic devices as well as standard aggregatory assays for assessment of platelet function. The goal is to identify new strategies to treat the inflammatory components of cardiovascular disease.

Last updated 21 September 2016 (Email).