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External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB) is internationally recognized group of clinical and basic scientists with expertise in obesity, cardiorenal and metabolic disease research. They provide a written assessment of the center each year and recommendations to the Executive Committee.


Richard J. Johnson, MD, is chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado. Dr. Johnson is nationally and internationally renowned for his work on mechanisms of renal injury and progression, including in glomerulonephritis, diabetes and hypertension.


Michael J. Joyner, MD, is the Frank R. and Shari Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, where he was named a Distinguished Investigator in 2010. Dr. Joyner is widely recognized for his research on cardiovascular regulation in humans, the physiology of world records, autonomic regulation of blood glucose and clinical transfusion practices.


L. Gabriel Navar, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Co-Director of the Renal and Hypertension Center at Tulane University, School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Navar has made major contributions to the fields of renal physiology, the renin-angiotensin system and hypertension.


James R. Sowers, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Physiology/Pharmacology, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Director of the Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Division, at the University of Missouri. He is the director of Thomas and Joan Burns Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research Center and holds the Thomas W. and Joan F. Burns Missouri Chair in Diabetology. Dr. Sowers has developed an international reputation in the fields of endocrinology, obesity, insulin action and oxidative stress.