Chris Givens

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The effectiveness of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), GnRH agonist (GnRH-a), and a combination of OCPs and GnRH-a in the treatment of hirsute women was compared and the impact of these treatments on hormonal and Ca metabolism was investigated. Thirty-three women were prospectively enrolled and randomized into three treatment groups (11 in each group). The(More)
Congenital heart disease often features structural abnormalities that emerge during development. Accumulating evidence indicates a crucial role for cardiac contraction and the resulting fluid forces in shaping the heart, yet the molecular basis of this function is largely unknown. Using the zebrafish as a model of early heart development, we investigated(More)
SIGNIFICANCE Forces are important in the cardiovascular system, acting as regulators of vascular physiology and pathology. Residing at the blood vessel interface, cells (endothelial cell, EC) are constantly exposed to vascular forces, including shear stress. Shear stress is the frictional force exerted by blood flow, and its patterns differ based on vessel(More)
This study evaluated the first multiple-use pen device for the self-administration of recombinant FSH. The pen device is used for the subcutaneous injection of a pre-mixed ready-to-use solution of follitropin beta from a multiple-dose cartridge, and has flexible dosing capabilities. In the ease-of-use questionnaire, 90% of subjects rated the overall(More)
Fibronectin (FN) assembly and fibrillogenesis are critically important in both development and the adult organism, but their importance in vascular functions is not fully understood. Here we identify a novel pathway by which haemodynamic forces regulate FN assembly and fibrillogenesis during vascular remodelling. Induction of disturbed shear stress in vivo(More)
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