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Kudos to CDDR Faculty and Trainees

  • Dr. Paula Warrington, a CDDR affiliate and a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Joey P. Granger, was awarded a COBRE Pilot Grant for project titled "Degenerins and Pregnancy Mediated Cerebrovascular Abnormalities"; American Physiological Society Central Nervous System Section Research Recognition Award, Experimental Biology 2015; Co-chair, Experimental Biology 2015 Featured Topic: "Cerebrovascular abnormalities in hypertensive diseases."
  • Dr. Xuexiang Wang, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Michael Garrett, received his PhD in Medical Pharmacology. He also won the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research 2014 Trainee Onsite Poster Competition Award. Additionally, he was a Graduate Research Day Poster Presentation Winner and the 2015 Regions Research Distinction for Graduate Research Award and cash prize winner. His research is studying a new genetic model of rats born with a single kidney and it includes two parts. The first part is to understand the long-term and environmental factor (e.g. hypertension) impact on cardio-renal function of living with a single kidney. The second part is to identify the genetic defects result in born with single kidney and reduced nephron formation.
  • Dr. Frank Spradley, a CDDR affiliate and trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Joey P. Granger, won the Inter-American Society of Hypertension New Investigator Travel Award to attend the 20th Scientific Sessions of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension in Salvador, Brazil and the 2014 Poster presentation award, 20th Scientific Sessions of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension. He also won the Fleur L. Strand Professional Opportunity Award and was selected to present at the Inaugural 2015 Trainee Advisory Committee Cross- Sectional Symposium: Recent Advances in Obesity Research. Finally, he was a Graduate Research Day Poster Presentation Winner.
  • Dr. Ana Palei, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Joey P. Granger, won the Inter-American Society of Hypertension New Investigator Travel Award to attend the 20th Scientific Sessions of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension (IASH) in Salvador, Brazil. Her study aimed to determine the effects of chronic elevations in circulating leptin on blood pressure and placental anti-angiogenic and inflammatory factors in pregnant rats.
  • Tarek Ibrahim, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Babbette LaMarca, won 2nd place in the the Mississippi INBRE Excellence in Science Award and the Travel Award from the American Society of Nephrology Kidney STARS Program to attend the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting at Kidney Week. His poster presentation was titled "Proliferation of Endogenous T-reg Cells Improves the Pathophysiology Associated with Placental Ischemia of Pregnancy."
  • Dr. Suttira Intapad, a trainee of CDDR Director Dr. Barbara T. Alexander, received a Pilot Grants Program-Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), "Obesity, Cardiorenal and Metabolic Disease Center" from National Institutes of Health and was a Graduate Research Day Poster Presentation Winner.
  • Dr. Ashlyn Harmon, trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Babbette Lamarca, received her PhD in Medical Pharmacology. Her dissertation was focused on the immune imbalance that occurs during preeclampsia in response to placental ischemia. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University in Comparative Biomedical Sciences where she is researching the immune mechanisms and oxidative stress that is associated with pulmonary hypertension & how combustion-generated environmentally persistent free radicals affect lung function.
  • Jessica Faulkner, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Babbette LaMarca, won the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine Young Investigator Award for "Treatment with Vitamin D attenuates blood pressure and immune activation in a preeclamptic rat model." She also won the American Physiological Society Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Research Recognition Award for "Blockade of 20-HETE synthesis improves blood pressure in the RUPP rat model of preeclampsia."
  • John Henry Dasinger, a trainee of CDDR Basic Science Director Dr. Barbara T. Alexander, was a finalist for the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Predoctoral Research Recognition Award for his research investigating the role of testosterone in postmenopausal hypertension in female growth restricted offspring.
  • Dr. Mark Cunningham, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Babbette LaMarca, is a T32 Hyper-tension and Cardiorenal Disease Post-doctoral Fellow and was a Finalist in the 2015 Juan Carlos Romero and Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award at Experimental Biology Conference where he presented research titled "Agonistic Autoantibodies to the Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Enhance ANGII Binding on Vascular Endothelial Cells."
  • Dr. Lorena Amaral, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Babbette LaMarca, won the International Society for Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy President Award and the New Investigator Travel Award in New Orleans in October, 2014. Her abstract is entitled "17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate attenuates hypertension and uterine artery resistance in response to Reduced Uterine Perfusion Pressure (RUPP) in pregnant rats". In addition, Dr. Amaral was selected as one of the awardees of the Caroline tum Suden/ Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award and WEH/AJP: Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Trainee Abstract Award in Boston at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting. Her abstract is entitled "Early administration of 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate to Reduced Uterine Perfusion Pressure (RUPP) rat model of preeclampsia improves inflammation, uterine artery vasoconstriction and blood pressure during pregnancy." John Henry Dasinger, a trainee of CDDR Basic Science Director Dr. Barbara T. Alexander, was a finalist for the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Predoctoral Research Recognition Award for his research investigating the role of testosterone in postmenopausal hypertension in female growth restricted offspring.
  • Dr. Denise Cornelius, a trainee of CDDR affiliate Dr. Babbette LaMarca, won the Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference Top Trainee Abstract Award; the Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference New Investigator Award; Ruth L.Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NSRA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32), Title: Hypertension, the Kidney, and Inflammation; Best of American Heart Association (AHA) Specialty Conferences Poster Award; American Physiological Society Physiologists in Industry Novel Disease Model Postdoctoral Award. Her research focuses on identifying immune mechanisms that mediate the pathophysiology of preeclampsia and pinpointing novel immunotherapeutic targets for the treatment/management of preeclampsia to improve maternal and fetal outcomes of the disease.
  • Dr. Wu Zhou, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, received a $190,625 grant from the National Eye Institute for the project, "Horizontal Rectus Muscle Forced During Combined Eye Head Gaze Shifts."
  • Dr. Bolaji Famuyide, associate professor of pediatric neonatology, received a $16,531 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi for "Right! From the Start, NICU Breastfeeding Project."
  • Dr. Suttira Intapad, PhD, an Instructor in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics will receive a Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, Mass., for her work in the developmental programming of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Dr. Intapad received the Novel Disease Award from the American Physiological Society in 2014 for the development of a novel mouse model of low birth weight. This award represents her further investigation into the mechanisms that program hypertension and glucose intolerance following a developmental insult.
  • Andrew Brown, a third-year medical student in the Medical Research Scholars Program at UMMC working in the laboratory of Dr. Barbara T. Alexander will receive an Excellence in Professional Student (MD or DO) Research Travel Award to attend the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, Mass. This award from the American Physiological Society recognizes outstanding research by medical student researchers. His study focused on whether low birth weight increases the risk for salt sensitive hypertension in female intrauterine growth restricted rats.
  • John Henry Dasinger, a graduate student in the Department of Physiology in the laboratory of Dr. Barbara T. Alexander has been selected by the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of the American Physiological Society as a finalist for a Predoctoral Research Recognition Award to be presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, Mass. Mr. Dasinger will present his work on the role of testosterone in the development of hypertension that occurs in conjunction with early reproductive senescence in low birth weight female rats.
  • Dr. Ian A. Paul, Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Education Director of the CDDR, was inducted into the the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2014. The Nelson Order recognizes one to four faculty in each of the six medical center schools who have been cited for exemplary teaching by their students. In addition, Dr. Paul was the recipient of the 2014 Regions Bank Toward Educational Advancement in Care and Health (TEACH) Prize at UMMC. One member of the Nelson Order is chosen for exceptional innovation, role modeling, professionalism, and mentoring and guidance of students. The prize carries a $10,000 cash award.