Congratulations to A. Phil Owens. Dr. Owens works in the Mackman lab.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a dilation of the aorta which may result in catastrophic rupture and death. This cardiovascular disease is estimated to affect almost 10% of people over the age of 50 with an estimated 1 out of every 250 people affected. As such, between 15,000 and 30,000 Americans die every year due to this disease. Despite decades of research, there are no clinically approved drug regimens for this disease. Since this affects elderly populations, these patients are commonly on antithrombotic therapies for other cardiovascular diseases. Our preliminary data indicate that the activation of coagulation may be beneficial to prevent catastrophic rupture of the aorta resulting in death in these patients. A better understanding of the role of the coagulation system and platelets in AAA may prevent an increased risk of rupture for AAA patients by prohibiting the use of antithrombotic drug therapies in these patients.