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Research at Mass General
Echoe Bouta, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital who is studying lipedema, a chronic disorder that results in increased fat in the lower limbs and manifests as dramatic, painful swelling.
The University of Rochester.
Lipedema is a chronic disorder that results in increased fat in the lower limbs and manifests as dramatic, painful swelling. Clinical studies demonstrate that patients present with at least partial lymphatic dysfunction, which worsens until lymphedema occurs. As the etiology is largely unknown, treatments are often ineffective, demonstrating the need to understand the relationship between fat and lymphatic capability.
The questions I hope to answer are:
The answer to these questions will hopefully catalyze new treatments for lipedema.
The lymphatic research field is relatively young compared to other research fields. I believe that we have only started to discover the importance of the lymphatic system in multiple disease states and it is exciting to be part of that.
Much of my project involves imaging of the lymphatic system under different contexts, such as obesity or after delivery of a drug. Therefore, a typical day for me is a mix of in vivo experiments, data analysis and writing.
The people. We are surrounded by talented scientists from a variety of fields that results in a very interdisciplinary research environment.
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