News & Recognitions
Podcast Available: please
listen to a recent podcast where Dr. Debra Diz interviews Dr. Marc Reitman
about his findings that the brain Bombesin receptor 3 may play a role in blood
pressure regulation. Dr. Amy Arnold, former IPP graduate student, serves
as the content expert for the podcast. You may listen to the podcast here: http://ajpheart.podbean.com.
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has been selected to receive the 2016 Mid-Atlantic PREP/IMSD Research Symposium
Distinguished PREP Alumni Award and has been invited to give a talk and receive
the award at the 4th Annual MAPRS meeting May 25th and 26th 2016 at Virginia
Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
also selected by the local chapter of the American Heart Association to give a
talk in June for the 1st Annual AHA Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Greensboro.
abstract was selected for an oral presentation and poster session at the ASPET
Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016, in San Diego, CA, April 2-6, 2016.
and A’ja Duncan were accepted into the Future Leaders Advancing Research in
Endocrinology (FLARE) program, run by the Endocrine Society. A workshop was
held Feb 4-6 in Los Angeles with a two day training session teaching
participants the “business of research” and establishing themselves as
independent researchers. They will also have the opportunity to interview and serve on one society governance committee.
abstract “Beneficial Cardiovascular
Effects of Muscadine Grape Extract in Normotensive Female Rats” was selected
for a poster session at the ASN Annual Meeting at EB 2016, in San Diego CA,
April 2-6, 2016. Abstract was selected
for ASN Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition.
latest publication titled, “Evidence for a Mitochondrial Angiotensin-(1-7)
System in the Kidney” was selected to be a part of the February 2016
APSselect featured articles and was acknowledged with a certificate for
distinction in scholarship in the American Journal of Physiological-Renal
Gwathmy-Williams was awarded the AHA Council for Epidemiology and Lifestyle
Young Investigator Travel Award and the NIDDK – National Minority Research
Investigators Travel Award to attend the Southeast Regional Workshop
(20 years) and Sarah Smith (30
years) received Service Awards for their contribution to the Wake Forest Health
Sciences over the many years!
of the Hypertension Center presented their work at the AHA High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions Meeting in
September of 2015. There were 12 abstracts presented with 3 oral presentations
by Bryan Wilson, Dr. Hossam Shaltout, and Dr. Liliya M. Yamaleyeva; 4 abstracts were
selected to be presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions in November.
Mark Chappell, PhD
has been invited to the Gordon Research Conference Angiotensin 2016 Conference
in Tuscany, Italy in February 2016. The
title of his presentation is “Evidence for an Intracellular Angiotensin-(1-7)
Mark Chappell, PhD
has been invited to the National AHA meeting in Orlando FL. He will be presenting “Fetal Origins of Adult
Cardiovascular Disease (Control#: 10309) in a Cardiovascular Seminar entitled
Early Childhood Influences on Adult Cardiovascular Disease: Can We Intervene
Successfully?” He will also present “Update on Angiotensin Converting Enzyme
2-angiotensin (1-7)-MAS receptor axis: fetal programming, sex differences and
intracellular pathways (Control#: 1644) in a Hybrid entitled Sex Differences in
Drs.Patricia Gallagher and Ann Tallant were featured in
the September edition of Winston-Salem Magazine, along with some other
investigators who work with Wake Forest Innovations. The article
is focused on thier studies on angiotensin-(1-7) and stroke prevention in women. Please follow the link to view the full
The Hypertension Core Laboratory has changed names as well as moved its location. Now called The Biomarker Analytical Core, the new address is Biotech Place: 575 N. Patterson Avenue, Suite 134 Winston Salem, NC 27101. You may reach the lab by phone at 336-716-3553 or by fax at 336-716-2295
The annual Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk was held Saturday, October 17th at Tanglewood Park. This year the amount raised for the American Heart Association has totaled $459, 475 and still counting. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has raised $62,256 to date, with the Hypertension and Tallant Girl Scout Teams raising $2,707 to date. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!
Katherine L. Cook,
Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, received a 2-year (01/2016-01/2018) "Living
in Pink/Prevent Cancer Partnership Award” from the Prevent Cancer
Foundation titled "Prevention of Obesity-induced Breast Cancer and
Tamoxifen Drug Resistance." This project investigates the impact of
various obesity-inducing diets enriched in differing fatty acids compositions
(e.g. saturated vs. unsaturated vs. polyunsaturated fats) on breast
tumorigenesis and chemotherapy responsiveness. The studies are focusing on how
dietary fats may promote cellular stress pathway signaling to favor cancer
development. Moreover, we aim to develop a metabolomic profile from mammary
glands of mice on varying diets.
Hossam Shaltout, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor in the Hypertension and Vascular
Research Center and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was awarded a
4-year (01/1/16 to 12/31/19) American Heart
Association Scientist Development Grant
titled “Comprehensive Assessment of Vascular and Autonomic Function in
Children with Low Vitamin D” The goals of this project are to determine the
role of vitamin D deficiency in the autonomic impairment seen in children with
orthostatic intolerance and whether vitamin D supplementation can improve the
autonomic function in these children.
Dr. David Soto-Pantoja received NIH/NCI K22 grant September 1 titled, “Therapeutic targeting of CD47 regulates tumor cell
bioenergetics and mitophagy”. The objectives of this work is to find novel
mechanisms to reduce tumor growth, overcome the development of resistance to
chemotherapy and reduce metastasis of breast cancer which is responsible for
over 40,000 deaths every year in the U.S. Also many chemotherapeutic agents
have harmful side effects particularly in the cardiovascular system. Novel
pathways that can be used as targets to overcome cardiotoxicity and protect
vascular tissue while simultaneously sensitizing the tumor to chemotherapy will
be studied in this project.
Liliya M. Yamaleyeva received an R21 grant titled: “Longitudinal
assessments of placental oxygenation and perfusion using ultrasound and
photoacoustics” by NICHD. This proof of concept study
will provide a validation of photoacoustic imaging for the assessments of
placental oxygenation/hypoxia during pregnancy and will offer an avenue for
future clinical application of this technology. A multidisciplinary team
includes: Dr. Aaron Mohs, an
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Nebraska
Medical Center, Dr. Yao Sun, a
Research Associate at the Department of Radiology of WFSM. Professors K. Bridget Brosnihan, (General
Surgery/Hypertension), Jim Rose, and
Robert Taylor, (Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology) of WFSM will serve as an Internal Advisors on this project. For more information on the Human
Placental Project that funded this research, please go to: NIH
invests $46 million in technologies to monitor placental health