tulasi ram jinka, dvm, phd

Research Investigator, Emergency Medicine


Dr. Jinka’s research interest is to investigate the mechanisms of brain injury caused by cardiac arrest and neuroprotective strategies including targeted temperature management. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the USA. Post-cardiac arrest therapeutic hypothermia is the only neuroprotective strategy proven clinically effective after any form of ischemic brain injury. Inadequate understanding of its neuroprotective mechanisms remains a fundamental barrier to optimizing implementation and patient outcomes.

Dr. Jinka’s research investigates the mechanisms of neuroprotection in drug-induced targeted temperature management, determines optimal duration of targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest and compares drug-induced targeted temperature management over external cooling after cardiac arrest. The overall objective of the research project is mechanistic optimization of post-cardiac arrest therapeutic hypothermia.