Dr. Wray's research studies are focused on the regulation of muscle blood flow during acute exercise, and how this changes with advancing age and in age-related disease. Current projects include study of age-related changes in neurohumoral control of muscle blood flow at rest and during acute exercise, and studies focused on determining the causes and consequences of chronic sympathoexcitation in patient suffering from heart failure.
- B.S., Biology, Abilene Christian University
- M.S., Integrative Physiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center
- Ph.D., Integrative Physiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center
- Postdoctoal Fellowship, Physiology, University of California San Diego
D. Walter Wray, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, an Adjuct Professor in the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, and a VA Investigator at the SLC VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. He is a founding member of the Utah Vascular Research Laboratory (www.uvrl.org), a consortium that is affiliated with both the University of Utah and the SLC VA Medical Center. Dr. Wray maintains an active, extramurally-funded research program within the UVRL that is broadly focused on vascular and autonomic physiology, with an emphasis on aging and age-related diseases such as chronic heart failure (HF). Current projects include studies examining neurohumoral control of muscle blood flow at rest and during acute exercise, and studies focused on determining the causes and consequences of chronic sympathoexcitation in HF.