Virginia Tech, Temple University scientists awarded grant to research lipedema, an under-studied disease of fat tissues

By Matt Chittum
Virginia Tech

Jennifer Munson of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and Evangelia Bellas of Temple University’s Department of Bioengineering were awarded $250,000 by the Lipedema Foundation.

Most of us want to get rid of fat. Jennifer Munson and Evangelia Bellas just want to understand it.

Munson, associate professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and Bellas, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University, were recently awarded $250,000 by the Lipedema Foundation to research causes and treatments for lipedema, an often painful disease characterized by a build-up of fat tissue in the limbs. The two are co-principal investigators for the grant.

Lipedema is understudied, poorly understood, and often misdiagnosed, according to the foundation. One of the non-profit’s main goals is to develop a diagnostic test so that clinicians can more accurately identify it, leading to the development of treatments.

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