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Cardiology fellow at Janey Briscoe Center receives $25,000 grant

San Antonio (Sept. 9, 2003) — Scott Yang, M.D., a second-year fellow at the Janey Briscoe Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is one of two U.S. fellows to win a $25,000 research grant from The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

Dr. Yang plans to study blood flow to the heart using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He will compare and contrast the usefulness of MRI with nuclear spectroscopic imaging, the currently used standard testing tool of coronary blood flow. "Preliminary studies suggest MRI perfusion imaging is more promising," Dr. Yang said.

Dr. Yang received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Washington in Seattle before coming to the Health Science Center.

The Janey Briscoe Center is named for the former Texas first lady. The center unites investigators who are working to advance scientific knowledge to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities associated with cardiovascular (CV) disease. South Texas has a high incidence of CV disease due to its predominance in two populations, Hispanics and the elderly. San Antonio is 53 percent Hispanic and the percentage is higher in other parts of South Texas. The region also has the highest concentration of senior residents in the state.

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