Burton M. Altura, PhD

Professor of Physiology
Pharmacology & Medicine
State University of New York
Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave., MSC-31
Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA


Dr. Altura is a Professor at Suny Downstate Medical Center in USA. He received his PhD from Newyork University School of Medicine in the year 1964. He serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer and also reviewer for various journals and funding organizations.

Research Interest

His research interests include the role of magnesium, sphingolipids and lipid messengers in vascular biology and disease processes, such as stroke, diabetes mellitus and atherogenesis. An additional major interest is the role of alcohol and substances of abuse in stroke etiology.

Scientific Activities


• Ad Hoc Reviewer, NIH, NSF, and USDA study sections
• Reviewer for various journals and funding organizations



1. Li M, Zheng T, Wang J, Altura BT, and Altura BM. Extracellular magnesium regulates effects of vitamin B6, B12 and folate on homocysteinemia-induced depletion of intracellular magnesium ions in canine cerebral smooth muscle cells: possible relationship to [ Ca2+]i, atherogenesis and stroke. Neurosci Lett. 1999; 274, 83-86.
2. Li W, Zheng T, Wang J, Altura BT, and Altura BM. Pyrrolidine dethiocarbamate prevents ethanol-induced elevation of [Ca2+]i in cultured canine carebral vacsular smooth muscle cells. Neurosci Lett. 1999; 266, 205-208.
3. Yang ZW, Wang J, Zheng T, Altura BT, and Altura BM. Low [Mg2+]o, induces contraction of cerebral arteries: roles of tyrosine and mitogen-activated protein kinases. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2000; 279, H185-H194.
4. Yang ZW, Gebrewold A, Nowakowski M, Altura BT, and Altura BM. Mg2+-induced endothelium-dependent relaxation of blood vessels and blood pressure lowering: role of NO. Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol. 2000; 278, R628-R639.
5. Zheng T, Li WS, Wang J, Altura BT, and Altura BM. Sphingomyelinase and ceramide analogs induce contraction and rises in [Ca2+]i in canine cerebral vascular muscle. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2000; 278, H1421-H1428.