News & Recognitions
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 has been 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 will receive 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 will be able to use this award towards the 2013 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston and the Fall 2013 Science Policy Committee meeting later this year 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 will be 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 will also be 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 will also be competing 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). Alison 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: 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