Meet Canada 150 Research Chair Anita Tam Layton

Anita Tam Layton is the newly appointed Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine representing the University of Waterloo. Learn what her research means for Canadians.

Transcription – Meet Canada 150 Research Chair Anita Tam Layton

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Anita Tam Layton
University of Waterloo | NSERC
Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine]

Anita Tam Layton: My name is Anita Layton. I'm a mathematics professor at Duke University, and I use math to study my favourite organ: that is the kidney. So the reason my my blood pressure doesn't shoot off the roof is because my kidney's doing its job, regulating blood pressure. So if I go to a doctor and let's say, my brother goes to the doctor with high blood pressure, we'll probably be prescribed the same medication. But that  medication will likely work better on him than on me. So in general, men respond to some blood pressure medication better than women. Why is that? I don’t know, there are  sex differences in the way our kidney works, the way blood pressure regulation works, and the way we respond to medication. So one of the major goals of my research program is to use modelling to understand these sex differences.

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CANADA 150
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