Jack W. Strandhoy, PhD

Jack W. Strandhoy, PhD - Research Interests

My area of research interest is in kidney function and renal development.  Our laboratory made important contributions to the study of how adrenergic nerve signals and drugs that stimulate alpha-adrenoceptors modulate sodium transport by the nephron.  Affinity differences between some antihypertensive drugs for renal adrenergic and imidazoline receptors explain clinical sodium retention problems in patients.  Recent research focused on the neonatal development of kidney function and how prenatal steroid exposure imprints functional changes that may emerge as hypertension in adult life.  Clinical application of my research interests are reflected in invited authorship of chapters on renal function and obstructive uropathy in major medical textbooks.

I am also very active and interested in medical, graduate and post-doctoral education.  I currently serve on the boards of two international medical education societies, and was selected to serve on the Pharmacology committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners.  I’ve been honored with twelve teaching awards, and speak at national and international meetings on approaches to medical education and assessment.  I was course director for year-long courses in Medical Pharmacology and Systems Pathophysiology, on our Core Teaching Faculty, and a faculty member of a very successful NIDA-sponsored Addiction Studies Program for Journalists.  It has trained hundreds of national print and media journalists in the science behind public policy and clinical treatment programs in drug abuse.  I currently am the Program Director for the RJR-Leon Golberg Post-doctoral Fellowships in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  I help and support our department’s efforts to impart teaching and communication skills to our students in parallel with growth in laboratory and intellectual competence.

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