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Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center

The Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is supported by a five-year award (P20GM104357) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The NIGMS is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that supports thematic, multidisciplinary Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) across the country through its Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program.

Cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases are inextricably linked and are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States, especially in Mississippi which has the highest prevalence in the nation of these diseases. These disorders usually cluster together and are highly interdependent. For example, obesity and associated metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, are major causes of cardiovascular and renal disease.

A major objective in developing the Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center is to provide infrastructure for a multidisciplinary, diverse group of basic, clinical and population scientists working on the common synergistic theme of obesity, cardiorenal and metabolic diseases and to facilitate their collaborations.

2019 Excellence in Research Awards Recipients


The Excellence in Research Awards Program at UMMC recognizes investigators who have been successful in attracting extramural funding for their research programs. The following COBRE/MCOR faculty received awards in 2019.

Gold Medallion - $1 million received in extramural funding
Dr. Fan Fan, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Silver Medallion - $500,000 received in extramural funding
Dr. Denise Cornelius, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Joshua Speed, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics

Bronze Medallion - $250,000 received in extramural funding
Dr. Zhen Wang, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics