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Increase in leptin levels in preeclampsia prompts cardiovascular cascade that puts mother and baby at risk

Increase in leptin results in endothelial dysfunction in which blood vessels constrict, their ability to relax is impaired and baby’s growth is restricted.

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Stepp is new director of MD/PhD program

The federally funded vascular biologist has mentored more than a dozen aspiring scientists.

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New graduate program offers training in medical physiology

Interested students could include those who either decided late to apply for medical or dental school or those who perhaps did not quite have the academic credentials when they applied.

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New clues about how a high-salt diet contributes to cardiometabolic diseases found deep in the brain

A chronic high-salt diet can turn a normally helpful system against us, increasing risk for cardiometabolic diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease.

 

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Jun 23

Department of Physiology Summer Research Seminar Series
Karl Diaz-Sanders, Elisabeth Mellott, and Sati Alexander will present short seminar presentations.

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October 2021

Congratulations to Elinor Mannon and Sarah Ray, both graduate students in Dr. O'Connor's lab, who both successfully defended!

Drs. Sullivan and Faulkner received an Intramural grant entitled "Mechanisms of adverse pregnancy outcomes in a rat model of pregnancy following acute kidney injury."

September 2021

Shinjini Spaulding, a graduate student in Dr. Bollag's lab, was the 2021 5th Annual Three-Minute Thesis Finals Competition Finalist and People's Choice winner.

August 2021

Dr. Mamenko received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled "Sex disparities in aldosterone-dependent renal Na+ transport and blood pressure control."

July 2021

Dr. Filosa received a R56 grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke entitled "The impact of blood pressure variability on neurovascular function."

Elinor Mannon, a graduate student in Dr. O'Connor's lab, received a Kidney Cure Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the American Society of Nephrology.

Congratulations to Drs. O'Connor and Yoon who were both promoted to Professor!

Welcome to Dr. Ilatovskaya and her lab personnel to the Department of Physiology!

June 2021

Dr. Bollag was featured in an Augusta Chronicle article "Aging is inevitable but these medical students want to make it easier for everyone."

Dr. Filosa received an Intramural Grants Program Award entitled "The Impact of Blood Pressure Variability on Neurovascular Function."

Dr. Filosa received a collaborative Augusta University and Georgia State University Seed Award entitled "Inverse neurovascular coupling in the hypothalamus contributes to neurohumor all activation in heart failure."

Drs. Mattson and Abais Battad were featured in an Augusta Chronicle article, "Augusta University research: Switching to plant-based diet protects against heart disease."

Welcome to Dr. Faulkner and her lab personnel to the Department of Physiology!

April 2021

Lindsey Ramirez, graduate student in Dr. Sullivan's lab, and Dr. Jessica Faulkner took top honors for the Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis WEHH) section at American Physiological Society as the winners of the pre- and post-doctoral excellence in research.

Katie Anne Fopiano, a graduate student in Dr. Bagi's lab, received an Excellence in Research award from The Graduate School. 

Dr. John Henry Dasinger, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Mattson's lab, won first place for the Excellence in Research Award for a poster presentation by a Postdoctoral Fellow from The Graduate School. 

Dr. Ellen Gillis, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Sullivan's lab, won second place for the Excellence in Research Award competition for an oral presentation by a Postdoctoral Fellow from The Graduate School. 

Emily Burns, a graduate student in Dr. Mattson's lab, received the Award for Excellence in Research Award in Physiology from The Graduate School. 

Shinjini Spaulding, a graduate student in Dr. Bollag's lab, was a finalist in the 5th Annual Three-Minute Thesis Finals Competition.

Kasey Belanger, a graduate student in Dr. Sullivan's lab, received the Virendra B. Mahesh Award for research excellence in Endocrinology by a graduate student from Augusta University Research Administration.

Dr. Riyaz Mohamed, an Assistant Research Scientist in Dr. Sullivan’s lab, has been selected to receive the 2021 Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Research Recognition Award.

March 2021 

Casey Derella, a graduate students in the Dr. Ryan Harris lab, was awarded an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.

Elinor Mannon  and Sarah Ray, both graduate students in Dr. O'Connor's lab, were awarded American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowships. 

Sarah Ray, a graduate student in Dr. O'Connor's lab, received a National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases F31 entitled "Red blood cell congestion in AKII to CKD transition."

The Physiology Department won the American Heart Association Heart Walk 2021 competition by raising the most money for the Graduate School team.

Elinor Mannon, a graduate student in Dr. O'Connor's lab, received the American Physiological Society Predoctoral Translational Research Award and the American Physiological Society Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Research Recognition Award.

Dr. O'Herron received an R03 grant from the National Institute on Aging entitled "The impact of reduced blood flow early in Alzheimer's disease on neuronal function."

January 2021

Dr. Mohamed received a Career Development Award from American Heart Association entitled "Role of established hypertension in impaired renal recovery and function postAKII in hypertensive males and females."

 

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