Kao's study could save soldiers

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Dr. Raymond Kao

London medical researcher Dr. Raymond Kao made a groundbreaking discovery that may help soldiers on the battlefield.

Dr. Kao and his research team at the London Health Research Institute found a hormone naturally produced by the kidneys, when combined with saline, can improve blood flow and tissue oxygen usage.

“The study aims to better treat wounded soldiers,” Dr. Kao explained. “In a situation where supplies are limited, [these developments] could save lives and improve outcomes.”

The hormone, which can be artificially manufactured, also has anti-inflammatory effects, protecting the brain, liver and other organs during hemorrhagic shock.

The discovery will also benefit people at home, Dr. Kao said. “When accidents happen we have something that will speed up the resuscitation process and reduce complications.”

Dr. Kao is a Lieutenant Commander with the Canadian Armed Forces, and his research is funded by Canada’s Department of National Defence. He will be serving as an internal medicine specialist in Kandahar, Afghanistan in October.

“We are quite proud of Dr. Kao’s research contributions,” Maj. André F. Berdais, representative of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, said.

Dr. Kao’s abstract was selected as one of four finalists to the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Maj. Berdais said. The winner will be announced in Berlin, Germany Oct. 9.

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