Iveta Bernatova, holder of the Ph.D. and D.S. degrees, is Head of the Laboratory of Neurohumoral Regulation of Haemodynamics, Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Bernatova's research is focused on the regulatory mechanisms of blood pressure in rats and mice using various experimental models of hypertension such as spontaneous hypertension, borderline hypertension, L-NAME-induced hypertension, and stress-induced hypertension. Special attention was paid to the role of nitric oxide in regulation of cardiovascular function and structure. The effect of various pharmacological substances and natural polyphenols on cardiac and vascular function has been investigated. Current research is focused on the role of chronic social stress in development of hypertension and behavioural disorders in adult as well as in young rats and sex-related differences in adaptation to stress in rats with various genetic predispositions to high blood pressure in order to understand better etiopathogenesis of human hypertension. Bernatova's most important publications are " Endothelial dysfunction in SHR: focus on methodological aspects," Journal of Hypertension (2009), "Vascular function and nitric oxide production in chronic social-stress-exposed rats with various family history of hypertension," Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (2007), and "Circadian differences in stress-induced pressor reactivity in mice," Journal of Hypertension (2002).
Biography Updated on 20 June 2012