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New Orleans, LA – Yumei Feng, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral trainee in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Keisa Mathis, a graduate student in Physiology, at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, are the only two New Orleanians to successfully compete for the 2009 Caroline tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award from the American Physiological Society (APS). Thirty-six recipients were selected from 91 applicants by the APS Women in Physiology Committee.

The award provides funds for junior scientists to attend and participate fully in the Experimental Biology meeting which will be held this year in New Orleans in April. The awardees receive $500 and complimentary registration for the Experimental Biology meeting. To be considered for the award, the candidate must be the first author of an abstract submitted to APS. To receive the award, recipients must attend the Experimental Biology meeting and present their work.

Dr. Feng’s abstract is titled ACE2 expression in the central nervous system reduces angiotensin-II-mediated hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy in transgenic mice. It reports progress in research on an enzyme in the brain that helps regulate blood pressure. Dr. Feng works in the laboratory of Eric Lazartigues, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

Mathis’ abstract is titled Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor improves survival from hemorrhage in rodents. It describes how a centrally-acting inhibitor of an enzyme that breaks down a certain neurotransmitter improved outcome in hemorrhagic shock. Mathis works in the laboratory of Patricia Molina, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.







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