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C.W. Post Wins NIH Grant to Study Maternal Meth Abuse

Professor Luis Martinez will examine impacts of methamphetamine abuse on neonatal immunity

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Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
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Luis Martinez Torrez Jr.Brookville, N.Y. – Dr. Luis Martinez, assistant professor in the School of Health Professions and Nursing at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the impacts of methamphetamine abuse by pregnant women on neonatal immunity. The two-year Career Transition Award of $227,376 from the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is given to new, talented independent investigators whose research addresses the health needs of the nation.  Dr. Martinez will devote approximately 75% of his time to research and the remaining time will be devoted to teaching and academic duties.

Dr. Martinez has a longstanding interest in the effects of methamphetamine. This summer, one of his students, Jade Greco of West Babylon, N.Y., was awarded the Benjamin Cummings/Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists Student Research Award to perform research in his lab on how meth affects the blood brain barrier, a type of blood vessel found only in the brain that protects the central nervous system from contaminants in the bloodstream.

A Bronx resident who joined C.W. Post as an adjunct in 2010 and became an assistant professor this year, Dr. Martinez also conducts research on fungal infections which can cause grave conditions in AIDS patients. On October 3, he presented his research on the topic at the Brazilian Microbiology Meeting, an international conference in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Dr. Martinez was previously an assistant professor at Bronx Community College. He holds a B.S. in industrial microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.S. in biology from Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

Updated 10/13/2011

Posted 10/07/2011

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