DR. JITKA VIRAG
ECU Inventor, Methods of Reducing Myocardial Infarction
Imagine that someone suffering from a heart attack could have their life saved by the administration of a protein instead of having to undergo a stent placement or heart transplant surgery.
Dr. Jitka Virag, an associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the ECU Brody School of Medicine, says the EphrinA1-Fc protein could one day make that possible.
Her research received nationwide recognition last year when it was selected as the winner of the STAT Madness contest which searches for the “best innovations in science and medicine.” Out of a field of more than 64 prestigious institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale and MIT.