2023 Graduate Student Cardiovascular Renal Research Symposium

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7:45 a.m.Breakfast – Classroom Wing
8:15 a.m.Welcome
Visit Jackson, MS
8:20 a.m.Introduction / Opening Remarks

Dr. Josh Speed
Associate Director, Hypertension and Cardio-Renal Research Training Program
Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics

Dr. David Stec
Director, Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics Director, Transgenic Core
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.Session 1
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Chair: John Hall, PhD
Research and Training Opportunities in the Department of Physiology
Arthur C. Guyton Professor & Chair Department of Physiology & Biophysics
PI, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m.Yu Tao
Exaggerated Store-Operated Calcium Entry: Mechanism Contributes to High Glucose-induced Podocyte Injury and Mitochondria Damage
University of North Texas Health Science Center
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Huy Quoc Nguyen
Knockdown of Histone Deacetylase 1 in Fibroblasts and Pericytes Prevents Renal Intertestial Fribrosis after Ischemia-reperfusion Injury
University of Alabama at Birmingham
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Richaundra Randle
Gamma Interferon-inducible Protein 16 Regulates Hypoxia-induced Apolipoprotein L1 Expression in Human Podocytes
Meharry Medical College
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Lauren Yunker
Leveraging Machine Learning for Renal Tubular Cast Identification in Dahl Salt-Sensitive Rats
Medical College of Wisconsin
9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.Mohammad Sako
Mechanisms of Iron-Mediated Renal Injury in a Mouse Model of Sickle Cell Disease
University of Alabama at Birmingham
10 a.m. – 10:20 a.mBreak
10:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.Session 2
10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.Chair: Babbette Lamarca, PhD
Research and Training Opportunities in the Department of Pharmacology
Professor & Chair
Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
10:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.Kylie Heitman
Skeletal muscle is a novel source of FGF23 in mouse models of chronic kidney disease
University of Alabama at Birmingham
10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.Rui Tang
Adherence to life's essential 8 and incident chronic kidney disease: a prospective study of 147, 988 UK Biobank participants
Tulane University 
11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.Rifat Ara Islam
Effects of 17β-Estradiol Treatment on Glucose Homeostasis and Aortic Relaxation in Castrated Male Rats
University of the Pacific
11:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.Ankit Aryal
Inhalation of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Induces Endothelial Dysfunction via AhR Activation in the Air-blood Interface
Louisiana State University
11:35 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.Lunch (Invitation Only)
12:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.Session 3
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.Chair: Gene Lee Bidwell, PhD
Research and Training Opportunities in Clinical Departments
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
12:55 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.Melissa Lowe
Effect of a High Fat Western Diet on the Progression of Diabetic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetic Nephropathy (T2DN) Rats
University of South Florida
1:10 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.Angelle Bradford
miRNA-221 and -222 Increase Upon Loss of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 Receptor in Type 2 Diabetes
Tulane University
1:25 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.Michele D'Agata
Habitual Sleep Duration and Efficiency Do Not Explain Race Differences in Blood Pressure Dipping Between Young Black and White Women
University of Deleware
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.Ashlyn Anderson
Prevention and Reversal of Furosemide-Induced Diuretic Resistance Using the Kappa Opioid Receptor Agonist Nalfurafine
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1:55 pm. – 2:15 p.m.Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Session 4
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Chair: Michael Garrett, PhD
The Many Facets of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor and Chair
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Gaylene Russell McEvoy
Quantifying the dynamics of capillary blood flow responses to acute local changes in oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations
Memorial University of Newfoundland
2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.Adaysha Williams
Assessing the Longitudinal Effects of High Phosphate Diet on Cardiac and Renal Physiological Measurements
Medical College of Wisconsin
3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Sohom Mookherjee
Vascular Responsiveness of a Murine Arteriovenous Fistula
University of Utah
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Josh Edvettal
Cardiac Comeback: Reversing Binge-Drinking Damage
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Kaelin Akins
The Role of RUNX1 in CM Cell Cycle Activity and its Impact on Cardiac Regeneration
Medical College of Wisconsin