• Honors and Recognitions

    Intapad receives COBRE pilot project

    Congratulations to Suttira Intapad, PhD, Instructor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, for being awarded a COBRE pilot project title "Reduced Uterine Perfusion in the Mouse: Developmental Programming of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease".

    Puskarich receives Career Development Award  

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Puskarich, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, for being awarded a K23 Career Development Award from the NIH entitled: Platelet activation in septic shock. The award began in January 2015.

    Reckelhoff new President-elect of the American Physiological Society

    Congratulations to Dr. Jane F. Reckelhoff, the new president-elect of the 10,500 member American Physiological Society. Dr. Reckelhoff will be the ninth president from UMMC to serve in this role. Dr. Reckelhoff is a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor, professor of physiology and biophysics, director of the Women's Health Research Center and director of research development for the Office of Research.

    Cornelius receives APS Physiologists in Industry Committee Postdoctoral Novel Disease Animal Model Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Denise Cornelius for being selected to receive the APS Physiologists in Industry Committee Postdoctoral Novel Disease Animal Model Award. The award will be presented at Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston, MA

    Gillis receives AHA Pre-doctoral fellowship award

    Congratulations to Ellen Gillis (Sasser Lab) for being awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship award titled: Elucidating mechanisms responsible for the pathogenesis of preeclampsia using Dahl S rat as a novel model of PE. The award began on 1/1/15.

    Ma receives AHA Scientist Development Grant

    Congratulations to Dr. Yonggang Ma for receiving a AHA Scientist Development grant titled, "Neutrophil polarized in post myocardial infarction cardiac remodeling.  The grant began ion 1/1/15.

    UMMC preeclampsia researchers represented at the World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy

    UMMC preeclampsia researchers were well represented at the World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy. UMMC faculty presented 2 state-of-the-art lectures, 3 symposium talks, 4 abstract driven oral presentations, numerous posters, and 5 faculty served as session moderators.

    Amaral awarded ISSHP President Award

    Congratulations to Lorena M. Amaral, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, for being awarded the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy President Award: The Most Outstanding Basic Science Oral Presentation in Relation to the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy in New Orleans last month.

    CRRC Trainees present oral presentations, Amaral awarded ISSHP New Investigator Award

    Congratulations to Ana Palei, PhD, Frank Spradley, PhD, Denise Cornelius, PhD, Lorena Amaral, PhD, Jessica Faulkner, Ashlyn Harmon, and Ellen Gillis for being selected to give oral presentations and Sydney Murphy, PhD for being selected to present a poster presentation at the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy meeting in New Orleans this week. Lorena Amaral, PhD also received the 2014 ISSHP New Investigator Travel Award.

    Gomez-Sanchez received R01 renewal

    Congratulations to Dr. Celso Gomez Sanchez for the renewal of his NIH R01 entitled: "Role of Mineralocorticoids in Hypertension." The award began on 8/1/14.

    Roman receives R01

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Roman for being awarded an NIH R01 entitled: Renal microcirculation and hypertension induced renal injury." The award began on 9/25/14.

    Zhou receives R01

    Congratulations to Jia L. Zhuo, MD, PhD, FASN, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for recently being award an R01 entitled: Role of Proximal Tubule NHE3 in Angiotensin-induced Hypertension" jointly by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

    Hall receives AHA Scientist Development Grant

    Congratulations to Dr. Michael Hall for receiving a AHA Scientist Development Grant titled "Renal Sinus Fat, Hypertension, and Altered Renal Hemodynamics." It is a translational study evaluating the effects of visceral fat around the kidney and how it may cause compression of the kidney leading to increased renal sodium reabsorption and hypertension. He will be using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques such as Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) to study the mechanisms of visceral obesity-induced hypertension in 100 patients. The grant began on 7/1/14.

    ​Cornelius receives New Investigator Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Denise Cornelius for receiving the Annual HBPR Conference New Investigator Award for her abstract titled, "T cell-dependent B cell activation plays a role in mediating hypertension and pathophysiology in response to CD4+ T cells from reduced uterine perfusion pressure rats".  The award was presented at the HBPR 2014 Scientific Sessions in San Francisco.

    Palei and Spradley awarded New Investigator Award

    Congratulations to Ana Palei, PhD and Frank Spradley, PhD for both being awarded a New Investigator Travel Award for $1500.00 sponsored by the Inter -American Society of Hypertension. Both presented a poster and an oral presentation at the XX Scientific Sessions of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension in August in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  Dr. Spradley was also recognized as one of the top poster presenters at the meeting.

    Cornelius presents top trainee abstract in an oral presentation

    Congratulations to Dr. Denise Cornelius for being selected to present one of the top trainee abstracts in an oral presentation at the High Blood Pressure Research 2014 Scientific Sessions in San Francisco this September.

    Murphy receives a Scientist Development Grant

    Congratulations to Sydney R. Murphy, PhD for receiving a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association titled: "Vascular Eicosanoids and Preeclampsia" beginning in July 2014.

    McPherson receives Kent Scientific Physiological Genomics Trainee Research Excellence Award

    Congratulations to Kasi McPherson Graduate Student, Department of Pharmacology, for receiving the Kent Scientific Physiological Genomics Trainee Research Excellence Award for her oral presentation at the APS Physiological Genomics Trainee Highlights Session 2014.

    Mittwede receives Young Investigator Award and Pre-doctoral Recognition Award

    Congratulations to Peter Mittwede, Graduate Student, Department of Physiology, for receiving the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Experimental Biology 2014 and Medicine and the Predoctoral Research Recognition Award from the Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of the American Physiological Society.

    Padmanabhan receives postdoctoral fellowship

    Congratulations to Dr. Rugmani Padmanabhan for receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association for her project titled:  Matrix metalloproteinase-12 Roles in Cardiac Remodeling Post-Myocardial Infarction.  

    Hall named Southeastern Conference's 2014 Professor of the Year

    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.

    Wallace receives travel award from FASEB

    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".

    Mittwede selected as Pre-doctoral Recognition Award Finalists

    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.

    Granger elected as the new Chair of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research (CHBPR) of the AHA

    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. 

    Alexander elected APS councilor 

    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.  

    • Click here for the full article and list of officers.

    Cornelius receives EB Travel Award

    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.

    CRRC receives NIH R25 Grant to support underrepresented minorities in research

    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.

    Palei receives American Heart Association Grant 

    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.

    Broome named as a finalist for the Juan Carlos Romero and Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award 

     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.

    Intapad receives Novel Disease Model Postdoctoral Award and Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award

    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."

    Harmon selected as finalist for 2014 Water and Electrolyte Homestasis Section Pre-doctoral Recognition Award

    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."

    Gillis received APS Physiologists in Industry Committee Predoctoral Novel Disease Model Award

    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."

    Spradley selected as finalist for Juan Carlos Romero and Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award

    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."

    Wang receives American Heart Association grant 

    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."

    Muroya receives New Investigator Travel Award 

    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.

    De Castro Bras receives Scientist Development Grant

    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.

    Mathis receives Scientist Development Grant

    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.

    Chade receives American Heart Association Established Investigator Award

    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.

    Liu receives R01 funding 

    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.

    Hall receives Sir George Pickering Lecture Award and Kent State University 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

    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.

    Warrington receives ISH New Investigator Travel Award 

    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.

    Reckelhoff receives Harriet Dustan Award 

    Congratulations to Dr. Jane Reckelhoff, Professor, Department of Physiology, for being awarded the Harriett Dustan Award from the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. 

    Maranon receives New Investigator Travel Award 

    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.

    Palei, Warrington, and Intapad receive Travel Awards to Hypertension Summer School

    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.

    Medical Students finish CRRC summer research program 

    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.

    Hosick receives NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship 

    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.

    DeLeon receives AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship 

    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.

    Warrington receives AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship

    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.

    Harmon and Hosick win award at Gulf Coast Physiological Society meeting

    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.