Research by Michael Brown, associate professor of kinesiology and director of the Hypertension, Molecular, and Applied Physiology Lab at Temple University in Philadelphia, finds that a difference in the way cells in African Americans respond to inflammation may explain the greater incidence of hypertension in the black population. Dr. Brown is the lead author of a study published in the journal Vascular Health and Risk Management which found that a protein that causes inflammation when cells are damaged produced a 90 percent increase in endothelial microparticles in African Americans but only an 8 percent increase in whites. These microparticles can line blood vessels and lead to hypertension.
Dr. Brown holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University in Long Beach. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.