Dr. John Ciriello

University of Western Ontario
Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology



The overall objective of the research programme is the elucidation of neural mechanisms that control arterial pressure and cardiac function during the development of hypertension in males and females. A multidisciplinary approach is used to study central and peripheral components of the autonomic nervous system. The techniques employed in the laboratory are state-of-the-art and include 1) neuroanatomical tract tracing methods combined with immunocytochemistry for the identification of neurotransmitters contained within neural pathways, 2) the identification of gene expression in central structures in hypertension, 3) HPLC and radioimmunoassay for the identification of neurotransmitters and of hormones in the circulation, respectively, 4) the recording of electrical activity from single neurons in the central nervous system to investigate their function in circulatory control, 5) the recording of neuronal membrane currents wing patch-clamp tchniques, 6) the measurement of central metabolic activity using histochemical methods to identify structures that may be involved in the development of hypertension, and 7) recording of cardiovascular variables in the conscious and anesthetized animal.


Platform Technology Group: Pre-Clinical
Research Keywords: sleep apnea, hypertension, arterial pressure, cardiac funcion
Phone: (519) 661-3484 ext. 83484
E-mail: john.ciriello@schulich.uwo.ca
Personal web page: http://www.uwo.ca/physpharm/faculty/ciriello_john.html
Research Projects: Effect of Ginseng on cardiovascular responses to intermittent hypoxia in the obese rat
Trainees: Waseem Iqbal (M.Sc), Jason Moreau (M.Sc), Scott Messenger (M.Sc.)