In November Professor Nick Delamere visited the Capitol Hill offices of Arizona
Senators McCain and Kyl as well as the offices of Representatives Giffords and
Grijalva. As President of the Association for Research in Vision and
Ophthalmology, Dr. Delamere was there to discuss funding for basic and clinical
research on the eye and the prevention of eye disease.

Dr. Douglas G. Stuart will be recognized with a Doctor of Science from the UA Graduate College. He has served as head of the UA department of physiology and associate dean for research in the College of Medicine, and, since his retirement in 2002, has been a Regents' Professor Emeritus. Stuart is one of the world's leading electrophysiological investigators of the spinal motor control system, the neurobiology of muscle fatigue and the history of movement neuroscience. to read the full article about Sping commencement click here.


$6M Grant Boosts Molecular Heart Research

Ronald M. Lynch, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology at the UA College of Medicine, has been selected to chair a grant review committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on "Noninvasive Imaging of Human Pancreatic Beta Cells."

The UA's Erika Eggers has received an Innovative Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to identify the early mechanisms of diabetic retinal damage.

Congratulations to Dr. Cindy Rankin for being selected as an APS Physiology Education Community of Practice (PECOP) Fellow

Only 15 undergraduate educators were selected in 2014 to be PECOP Fellows.

Jeff touched our group in many positive ways. He will be sorely missed. more>>>

Dr. John Konhilas, Assistant Professor of Physiology at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine has been awarded $1.9 million over 5 years by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the impact of AMP-activated Kinase on sex differences in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Tom Pannabecker (Department of Physiology, University of Arizona) and Anita Layton (Department of Mathematics, Duke University ) have received an award of $1.39 million, funded for four years jointly by the NSF and NIH for a "Collaborative Research: Comparative Study of Desert and Non-desert Rodent Kidneys" project. The project is to investigate how peristaltic contractions of the renal pelvis influence epithelial transport and dynamics in the Munich-Wistar rat and kangaroo rat kidneys.

The Department of Physiology was well represented in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 15-19 at the biennial symposium of the prestigious International Motoneuron Society, where both fundamental and clinical aspects of motoneuron research were discussed and evaluated.  Professor Andrew Fuglevand presented a fundamental talk on learning by the mammalian spinal cord.  Two of his trainees, Brad Harwood (postdoctoral) and Hilary Wakefield (predoctoral; other advisors include Professor Ralph Fregosi) presented posters on a new method to record voluntary motor unit activity in the rat (Harwood

 The August 29, 2011 volume 1409 of the journal Brain Research is comprised of an historical project lead by  Dr. Douglas Stuart. Entitled "Paths of Discovery in Motoneuron Neurobiology" the project involved a preface and five articles written by six author/editors; two from both France and the USA, and one each from Belgium and Canada.  The imaginative historical cover of the volume was designed by one of the French author/editors.

On April 28, 2010, Dr. Cindy Rankin, lecturer and Director of the Physiology Honors Academy, and Dr. Erik Henriksen, professor and Director of the Physiology Undergraduate Program, were recognized by the University of Arizona Honors College as Outstanding Honors Faculty Members for the academic year 2009-2010.  Drs. Rankin and Henriksen were among nine faculty members university-wide honored with this award.  Dr. Rankin, who has received this award on several occasions in the past, was nominated by Rebecca Reed, a Physiology senior and honors student, while Dr.

Dr. Lihua Marmorstein, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology / Vision Science at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine has been awarded $ 1.1 million by the NIH National Eye Institute to study EFEMP1 and drusen formation in the retina.

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Class of 2017:

Tabarik Al-Abbadi, Ken Zurcher, Akua Minta

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The Department of Physiology wishes to congratulate the following undergraduate Physiology Students for receiving University of Arizona Senior Awards.

Karla Acosta received the Centennial Achievement Award in December 2009

Androuw Carrasco received the Centennial Achievement Award in December 2009

Mary Garcia will receive the Freeman Medal in May 2010

Nick Delamere, Head, Department of Physiology has been named president of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology (ACDP)

Physiology course 415-The Physiology of Mind-Body Interactions taught by Dr. Ann Baldwin will be offered for its 2nd semester in Spring 2015. Follow the link below for an informational video about the class.

Dr. Nick Delamere, Physiology Department Head and 2009-2010 President of The Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology, speaks at the keynote session of the 2010 ARVO Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 Dr. Michael Daines, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine has been awarded $ 1.8 million by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the role of Alternaria Proteases and Protease Defenses in Asthma.