Dr. John Hall has been named the Southeastern Conference's Professor of the Year in recognition of his excellence both in the classroom and as a topflight obesity and cardiovascular researcher. Hall is the Arthur C. Guyton professor and chair of physiology and biophysics and director of the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research at UMMC. He is one of the most recognized teachers and researchers in the areas of cardiovascular and renal physiology, mechanisms of hypertension, obesity and metabolic disorders. The award is given each year to one SEC faculty member with a record in research and scholarship that places them among the elite in higher education. The winners are picked from universities' SEC Faculty Achievement Award nominees. The SEC will provide Hall with a $20,000 honorarium and recognize him at the SEC Spring Meetings in May.
Congratulations to Kedra Wallace, PhD, Instructor, OB/GYN for receiving a travel award from FASEB to attend Experimental Biology and present her abstract entitled "Rats with Hypertension, hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets (HELLP) have increased placental and circulating FASL".
Congratulations to Peter Mittwede (Hester Lab) for being selected as a Pre-doctoral Research Recognition Award finalists for 2014 by the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of the American Physiological Society. He will present his abstract in a seminar competition at EB2014 in San Diego, CA in April.
Joey P. Granger, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Dean of the Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences was recently elected as the new Chair of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research (CHBPR) of the American Heart Association. The Chair of the CHPBR is elected by the members of the scientific organization and the term of office is 6 years: 2 as Chair-elect, 2 as Chair and 2 as past Chair.
Members of the American Physiological Society elected Dr. Barbara Alexander, associate professor of physiology, as one of three new APS councilors. She researches how maternal hypertension during pregnancy affects birth weight and long-term blood pressure regulation in offspring.
Alexander and the other newly elected APS officers will take office at the Experimental Biology meeting on April 30 in San Diego.
Congratulations to Denise Cornelius, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Babbette LaMarca's lab for being awarded an EB Travel Award for her abstract, "Normal pregnant T regs inhibit pathophysiology associated with hypertension in response to Reduced Uterine Perfusion Pressure (RUPP) in pregnant rats" and for being awarded the Steven M. Horvath/Caroline tum Suden Professional Opportunity Award.
Congratulations to Michael Ryan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, for being awarded a NHLBI R25 grant entitled "Mississippi Diversity in Hypertension and Cardiorenal Researchers Program." The purpose of the funding mechanism is to support underrepresented minorities in summer undergraduate research in the CRRC to help build the pipeline of future scientists and improve diversity in the workplace.
Congratulations to Ana Palei, PhD, instructor, (Granger Lab) Department of Physiology, for being awarded and American Heart Association grant entitled "Hypertension, Pregnancy and Hyperleptinemia." The grant began Jan. 1, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Hanna Broome, Postdoctoral Fellow, (Ryan Lab) for being a finalist for the "Juan Carlos Romero and Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award" with the abstract entitled "Long-Term High Salt Diet Delays Development of Renal Injury and Inflammation in Murine Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." She will present an oral presentation at Experimental Biology, 2014.
Congratulations to Suttira "Joy" Intapad (Alexander Lab) for receiving the Novel Disease Model Postdoctoral Award and the Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award for her abstract titled "A New Model of Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) Induced by Reduced Uterine Perfusion in the Mouse Programs Hypertension in the IUGR Mouse Offspring."
Congratulations to Ashlyn Harmon (LaMarca Lab) for being selected as a finalist for the 2014 Water and Electrolyte Section Pre-doctoral Recognition Award at the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting where she will present an oral presentation titled "IL-10 Supplementation Suppressed Hypertension and Inflammation in Response to Placental Ischemia During Pregnancy."
Congratulations to Ellen Gillis (Sasser Lab) for receiving the APS Physiologists in Industry Committee Predoctoral Novel Disease Model Award for her abstract entitled "The Dahl S Rat on Normal Salt Diet is a Spontaneous Model of Preeclampsia."
Congratulations to Frank Spradley, PhD, for being selected as a finalist for the Juan Carlos Romero and Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award for the Experimental Biology meeting where he will present an oral presentation based on an abstract entitled "Obese Melanocortin-4 Receptor (MC4R)-Deficient Rats Exhibit Attenuated adrenergic Vasoconstriction."
Congratulations to Dr. Zhen Wang, (Hall Lab), instructor, Department of Physiology, for being awarded an American Heart Association Award entitled "Mechanisms of Hypertensive Diabetic Nephropathy: Role of Mitochondrial Dysfunction and ER Stress."
Congratulations to Dr. Yoshikazu Muroya, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, for receiving a New Investigator Travel Award at the Council for High Blood Pressure Research Conference in New Orleans in September, 2013.
Congratulations to Dr. Lisandra De Castro Bras (Lindsey Lab) for being awarded a Scientist Development Grant entitled: "MMP-9 Generated Collagen C-peptide Roles in Post-myocardial Infarction Remodeling from the American Heart Association." Her grant began Jan. 1, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Keisa Mathis (Ryan Lab) for being awarded a Scientist Development Grant entitled "The Role of Cholinergic Anti-Inflammatory Pathway in Renal Function and Hypertension from the American Heart Association." Her grant began Jan. 1, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Alejandro Chade, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, for being awarded an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award entitled "Novel Therapeutic Interventions in Renovascular Disease." His grant began Jan. 1, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Ruisheng Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, for recent NIH funding of his R01 "Tubuloglomerular Feedback and Salt Sensitive Hypertension." The grant began in September 2013.
Congratulations to Dr. John Hall for being presented with the Sir George Pickering Lecture Award. He delivered the lecture, "Pathophysiology of Hypertension in Obesity/Metabolic Syndrome," at the British Hypertension Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Greenwich, London on Sept. 10, 2013. He also received the Kent State University 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award - College of Education, Health and Human Services and was honored on October 4th at Kent State University.
Dr. Paula Warrington (Granger Lab) receives the ISH New Investigator Travel Award for her presentation at the 3rd ISH New Investigators' Symposium on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease.
Congratulations to Dr. Jane Reckelhoff, Professor, Department of Physiology, for being awarded the Harriett Dustan Award from the Council for High Blood Pressure Research.
Dr. Rodrigo Maranon receives the New Investigator Travel Award sponsored by the Trainee Advocacy Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research Conference in New Orleans, 2013.
Congratulations to Drs. Ana Palei (Granger Lab), Paula Warrington (Granger Lab) and Joy Intapad (Alexander Lab) for receiving a Travel Award to Hypertension Summer School 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Three medical students, Carrie Shumaker (LaMarca Lab), Eden Johnston (Lindsey Lab), and Majouline Asher (Granger Lab), finish CRRC summer research program (summer 2013) aimed at increasing their interest in becoming physician scientists. The program is sponsored by the CRRC and the AHA. Each student received a $4,000 stipend for 10 weeks and had hands on experience in the research laboratories. The students presented their research at the weekly CRRC WIP meeting.
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Hosick (Stec Lab) for receiving an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NIH entitled "Biliverdin Reductase, the Renal Medulla and Hypertension." The fellowship began Sept. 1, 2013.
Congratulations to Dr. Kristine Y. Deleon-Pennell (Lindsey Lab) for receiving an AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship entitled "P. Gingivalis Primes the Post-Myocardial Infarction Remodeling Response." The fellowship began Jan. 1, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Paula Warrington (Granger Lab) for receiving an AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship entitled "Mechanisms for Placental Ischemia Mediated Cerebrovascular Abnormalities." The fellowship began July 1, 2013.
Congratulations to Ashlyn Harmon (Garrett Lab) for being awarded the Best Presentation by a predoctoral trainee on her talk, "Identifying Generic Variants Causative of Increased Kidney Disease in the S.SHR(11) Congenic Model," at the 2013 Gulf Coast Physiological Society meeting.
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Hosick (Stec Lab) for being awarded the Best Presentation by a postdoctoral trainee on his talk, "Chronic Treatment with Carbon Monoxide Results in Favorable Metabolic and adipocyte Changes in Mice Fed with a High Fat Diet," at the 2013 Gulf Coast Physiological Society meeting.
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