Nicholas A. Delamere, PhD, renowned for research on the physiology of the eye, has been appointed head of the Department of Physiology at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.
Dr. Delamere replaces William H. Dantzler, MD, PhD, a founding member of the UA College of Medicine faculty, who recently stepped down after 14 years as department head.
Prior to joining the UA, Dr. Delamere was professor and distinguished university scholar at the University of Louisville in Kentucky where he
had been a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for 20 years.
"Dr. Delamere is a renowned authority on ion transport proteins in the eye and his research relates to glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration," says Keith Joiner, MD, MPH, dean, UA College of Medicine. "His work connects directly to research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, to the rapidly expanding diabetes program in the College of Medicine, and to many investigators in the UA Department of Physiology and other areas."
Dr. Delamere earned his doctorate in biophysics from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, in 1977. He was with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver for ten years before joining the Kentucky Lions Eye Research Institute at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Delamere's research investigates how ocular pressure (pressure in the eye) is controlled and the way cells transport fluid, and seeks to find methods to regulate the mechanisms involved. His goal is to develop drugs that reduce intraocular pressure, thereby decreasing the severity of glaucoma and damage to the retina. His cataract research also offers a promising model for tissue preservation, which will delay the onset of cataracts.
He is principal investigator for several basic research studies funded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He
received a Senior Scientific Investigator Award from Research to Prevent Blindness in 1998, and recently was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Dr. Delamere is committed to training the next generation of physiologists and he views teaching as a critical component of the physiology department's mission. "The physiology department, which recently won a UA award for accomplishments in undergraduate teaching, is well positioned to teach how cutting edge developments in basic science can be applied to the understanding of disease processes in many areas, including renal, cardiovascular and degenerative diseases," he says.
His work has been published in numerous professional journals, including the American Journal of Physiology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and the Journal of Cell Physiology.
He is a member of the American Physiological Society, Biophysical Society, Society of General Physiologists, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Association for Eye Research (Europe), New York Academy of Sciences, International Society for Eye Research, Society for Scholarly Publishing and Council of Biology Editors.