News & Recognitions


Matthew Corriere, MD has been unanimously selected by Vascular Cures as the 2014 recipient of the $150K Wylie Scholar award. The award is co-sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery. He will attend a presentation of the award at the Vascular Cures dinner on September 6, 2014 in San Francisco. The award supports Dr. Corriere's research to develop strategies for shared decision-making to facilitate better management and outcomes in patients with peripheral vascular disease.

Doctoral candidate Alison Arter, working with faculty mentors Patricia Gallagher, PhD and Ann Tallant, PhD, received the Student Silver award in Basic Science at the Division of Surgical Sciences Twenty-First Annual Residents’ and Fellows’ Research Day in November. Ashley Wagoner, BS, working with faculty mentor John Fortunato, MD, received the Student Gold award in Clinical Science.

HVRC members attended the Carolina Cannabinoid Consortium held October 25–27, 2013 in Richmond, VA, hosted by faculty at VCU and presented recent work focusing on the cardiovascular actions of endogenous cannabinoids. Drs. Brosnihan, Chappell, Diz, Tallant and Varagic gave oral presentations. In addition, Physiology & Pharmacology graduate student Chris Schaich chaired a session, presented a poster, and presented recent work at the conference. Dr. Allyn Howlett, whose trainees Physiology & Pharmacology graduate student Lawrence Blume and post-doctoral fellow Khalil Eldeeb also gave oral presentations, will serve as conference host and organizer for the 2014 meeting to be held at BioTech Place, October 17–19, 2014.

Snezana Petrovic, MD, PhD and Liliya Yamaleyeva, MD, MS have been accepted into the Translational Research Academy, Cohort 4. The Translational Research Academy is an education and research support program to enhance the career development and success of early-career clinical and translational researchers.

Azeez Aileru, PhD has been named one of the Top 20 Science and Technology Professors in the State of NC for 2013 by and

Cheryl Bushnell, MD, MHS has been awarded the Roxanna Todd Hodges Endowed Lectureship Award by the University of Southern California.

John Fortunato, MD was named the Director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center at the Digestive Health Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

Leanne Groban, MD received the Anesthesia Patient Safety Merit Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She was also awarded the Anesthesia Patient Safety Endowed Research Award from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation for her project titled “Does Preoperative Assessment of Nutritional Status, Mobility and Frailty Among Geriatric Patients Predict Early Postoperative Morbid Events?”

Allyson Marshall and Chris Schaich, graduate students, won Onsite Poster Competition Awards ($500) at the High Blood Pressure Research Council Meeting:

Allyson Marshall - “Antenatal Betamethasone Exposure Reduces Ang-(1-7) but Enhances Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme and a Thiol-Peptidase to Metabolize Ang-(1-7) in the Cerebrospinal Fluid”

Chris Schaich - “Medullary Endocannabinoids Contribute to the Differential Resting Baroreflex Sensitivity in Rats with Altered Brain Renin-Angiotensin System Expression”/“Chronic Systemic CB1 Cannabinoid Receptor Blockade Reduces Blood Pressure and Weight Gain and Improves Baroreflex Function and Heart Rate Variability in Hypertensive (mRen2)27 Rats.”

Doctoral candidate Alison Arter's submitted abstract titled “Angiotensin-(1-7) Suppresses Lung Metastasis in the 4T1 Orthotopic Mammary Carcinoma Model” was accepted for the 2nd International Conference on Tumor Microenvironment and Cellular Stress held in Corfu, Greece September 27-October 2, 2013 and she presented a poster presentation of this work. Arter also received a WFU Alumni Student Travel Award in support of her travel to this conference. 

Gary Deng, graduate student, competed for and won a slot on the Cancer Biology training grant.

Ann Tallant, PhD and Patricia Gallagher, PhD were honored at the Wake Forest Innovations Patent Awards Presentation and Reception on June 20 for their patent on Angiotensin (1-7) and cancer treatment.

An article titled AT1, AT2, and AT1-7 receptor expression in the uteroplacental unit of normotensive and hypertensive rats during early and late pregnancy by Liliya Yamaleyeva, MD, L. A. A. Neves, K. Coveleskie, Debra Diz, PhD, Patricia Gallagher, PhD and Bridget Brosnihan, PhD appears in the June 2013 issue of the Placenta journal. Graphics corresponding to the article were selected for the cover.

Doctoral candidate Allyson Marshall competed in the ASPET Best Abstract competition at the Experimental Biology meetings and got Honorable Mention in the Integrative Systems and Translational and Clinical Pharmacology Division. She also was appointed to the APS Cardiovascular Section Trainee Committee. Her term is effective 5/1/2013 - 5/1/2016.

TanYa Gwathmey-Williams, PhD has won an award for Outstanding Abstract for the upcoming Endocrine Society meeting in June. She was also invited to give a feature poster presentation and an oral podium presentation at the meeting. In addition, she was invited to be a speaker on the career panel for the Frontiers in Physiology session at the Experimental Biology 2013 Conference in Boston.

Alison Arter, a PhD candidate in Track 5 - Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology working with thesis advisors Drs. Ann Tallant & Patricia E. Gallagher, won first place in the Translational category at the annual Wake Forest Graduate Student & Post-Doc Research Day held March 21, 2013 for her poster titled “Angiotensin-(1-7) Attenuates Triple Negative Breast Cancer Growth and Progression Through Regulation of Protein Phosphatases.” She received a cash prize of $250. Brian Westwood, graduate student and former member of Dr. Mark Chappell's lab, won first place in the Analytical category.

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Danville, VA have dedicated and named their new Clinical Education Center after Michael A. Moore, MD, a Clinical Professor of Surgical Sciences here and member of our Hypertension & Vascular Research Center. DRMC Chief Executive Officer Eric Deaton said, "In renaming this building we honor Dr. Moore's leadership and his vision; we honor his commitment to providing the highest level of graduate and continuing medical education available."

TanYa Gwathmey-Williams, PhD has received an American Physiological Society Early Career Advocacy Fellowship Award. She  used this award towards the 2013 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston and the Fall 2013 Science Policy Committee meeting in Bethesda, MD. Gwathmey-Williams will be representing the APS by attending meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress to address existing and new science policies.

Jasmina Varagic, MD, PhD has been awarded the Wake Forest School of Medicine 2013 Early Investigator in Basic Sciences Award. She was honored at the Research Awards Day in May.

Lisa Washburn, MD has been awarded the Wake Forest School of Medicine 2013 Mid-Career Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award. She was also honored at the Research Awards Day in May.

Doctoral candidate Allyson Marshall has received both an Alumni Travel Award and an ASPET Travel Award to present at the Experimental Biology 2013 Conference in Boston, MA in April 2013. She also competed in The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Best Abstract Competition at the meeting.

Doctoral candidate Alison Arter received an Alumni Travel Award to present her data at the American Association of Cancer Research meeting in early 2013. Arter has also used her AACR student membership as an opportunity for outreach and volunteerism.
Debra Diz, PhD, professor and director of the Hypertension & Vascular Research Center, has been accepted into the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program as a 2012-2013 ELAM Fellow.
Bridget Brosnihan, PhD, received the 2012 Mentor of the Year Award, presented by the Leadership Program of the Women's Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership, Education (WHCOE).
Two Fellows at the Hypertension & Vascular Research Center won awards at the Division of Surgical Sciences 20th Annual Residents' and Fellows' Research Day. Norihito Moniwa, MD, PhD received the Fellow - Silver award in Basic Science, and JaNae Joyner, PhD received the Fellow - Silver award in Clinical Science.

Society for Neuroscience - Western NC Chapter
Congratulations to Chris Schaich for winning the Mary A. Bell Award at the Western Neuroscience Society Research Day on December 6. His poster was judged best in the Systems category.

Charlotte Life Sciences Conference
The 11th annual Charlotte Life Sciences Conference was held October 25, 2012 on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The conference hosted the 6th annual graduate student poster competition, which was open to students from 20 universities throughout the Carolinas. The competition emphasized the commercialization potential of the students’ research projects, wherein students were challenged to not only explain the scientific relevance of their research, but also the importance of understanding the business aspects to the science and the strategies they would employ in order to bring their work to the marketplace. 
Only 12 students were selected from qualified applications to participate in the competition, including two graduate students from the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center: Alison Arter and Chris Schaich (department of Physiology & Pharmacology graduate program). 
Arter Receives Charlotte Research AwardAlison Arter was awarded the 1st place prize of $1,000 for her project entitled “Angiotensin-(1-7) as a First-in-Class, Targeted Inhibitor of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Growth.”



HVRC Faculty Receiving Grant Awards:
Sponsor: American Heart Association, National Center, Scientist Development Grant
Principal Investigator: Liliya M. Yamaleyeva, MD, MS
Collaborators: Victor Pulgar, PhD, Bridget Brosnihan, PhD, Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, Leanne Groban, MD
Project Title: The Role of ACE2 in Pregnancy

Sponsor: Office of the Director, NIH/Shared Instrumentation Grant
Principal Investigator: Bridget Brosnihan, PhD
Project Title: VisualSonics Vevo LAZR Photoacoustic Imaging System

Sponsor: STaRT Pilot Award
Principal Investigator: Liliya Yamaleyeva, MD, MS
Co-Investigators: Bridget Brosnihan, PhD; Mark Chappell, PhD; Carolynne McGee and Heather Mertz, MD
Project Title: Apelin and Angiotensin II interactions in human placenta in preeclampsia
Sponsor: NIH NHLBI
Co-Principal Investigators: Bridget Brosnihan, PhD and Liliya Yamaleyeva, MD, MS
Project Title: ACE2 Deficiency: A new model of maternal and fetal growth restriction
Sponsor: Wake Forest Baptist Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) Award
Principal Investigator: John Fortunato, MD
Co-Investigators: Debra Diz, PhD; Hossam Shaltout, PhD and John Burdette, MD
Project Title: Brain transmitters/metabolites, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and brain connectivity: diagnostic strategies to study the effects of non-pharmacologic therapies for dysautonomia and chronic nausea
Sponsor: Wake Forest University Translational Science Center
Co- Principal Investigators: Jasmina Varagic, MD, PhD and Mark Chappell, PhD
Project Title: Diabetic Cardiorenal Syndrome in Estrogen-Depleted Hypertensive Rats: Role of Curcumin
HVRC Faculty Honored By WFUBMC Faculty Research Awards:
Mentoring Award: Michael O'Shea, MD MPH, Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Established Investigators, Basic Science: Debra Diz, PhD, Professor, Surgery, Hypertension & Vascular Disease Research Center and Jay Kaplan, PhD, Professor, Pathology, Primate Center
Established Investigator in Clinical Sciences: Stephen B. Kritchevsky, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine, Pepper Center 
Team Science Award - ACCORD Study Team
Alain Bertoni, MD, MPH
David C. Goff Jr. MD, PhD
For the full list of recipients see the Spring issue of Pursuit is now available at:


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