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Integrative Immunological Cardiovascular Research

Using integrative models for the study of disease processes, the integrative immunological cardiovascular research team has studied hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, chemical toxicity, diet, and exercise. Current research focus is on understanding Gulf War illness through a study funded by the Department of Defense. The goal of this multidisciplinary, multi-site research program is to conduct integrative, basic, and clinical studies that will lead to effective disease treatments. Current methodologies in the Integrative Immunological Cardiovascular Research Laboratory include echocardiography, telemetric blood pressure monitoring, genomic and proteomic testing, and exercise testing.


Gulf War Illness Research Program at Nova Southeastern University: In the Press

NSU's Sharkbyte "Understanding Gulf War Illness (GWI): An Integrative Modeling Approach" - November 19, 2013

Universities to Lead DoD's Two New Gulf War Illness Research Consortia 

CDMRP Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program Booklet - April 2014

For More Information on the Gulf War Illness Research Program funded by the Department of Defense, click here!

Our Team

Assistant Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Research Associate

Luis M Salgueiro, Ph.D., currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Salgueiro is also a Biomedical Research Scientist affiliated to the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Prior to joining INIM, he earned his professional degree and spent several years in the field of Veterinary Sciences (DVM). As veterinarian he acquired a considerable experience on the rational and humane use of domestic and laboratory animals for production and research purposes. He has and extended experience in the field of toxinology with an important training on antivenom and therapeutic antibodies production. He completed his early post-doctoral training on the screening and purification of biological active peptides from snake venom for its development as therapeutic agents for cancer. All these abilities are reinforced by his expertise in the design of biomedical studies to solve several medical conditions.

Over the last 10 years, he has been involved as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several grants funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, Nova Southeastern University and the University of Miami. Dr. Salgueiro has laid a solid knowledge base on all the phases required for the evaluation of neuroactive biologicals and their development as CNS therapeutics.

Dr. Salgueiro has a well-suited preparation in endocrinology, neuropharmacology and peptide/protein interactions and is currently working and contributing with several research protocols for the study of alternative therapies for the treatment of aging and CNS neurologic conditions including cancer, diabetes, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Gulf War illness, and Alzheimer’s disease based on the evaluation of the beneficial effect of synthetic analogs of Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone (GHRH) in the CNS.

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