Release Date: Jan 5 2006 - 2:00pm

The Department of Physiology launched a new website on January 5, 2006.

This website features a new UA theme, NetID-based logins for faculty, staff and students and, most importantly, on-demand updating for faculty and staff. Suggestions, questions or complaints can be directed to the webmaster

The American Physiological Society Renal Section has elected Heddwen Brooks, Ph.D. as the Chair for 2011-2014.



More than 100 Tucson physicians with the University of Arizona Health Network are ranked among the 2014 Best Doctors in America and are featured in Tucson Lifestyle magazine’s July issue on Best Doctors in Tucson.

Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson have each been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking, and nationally recognized for specialty services.
Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, ranked as the second best hospital in Arizona, is also recognized nationally for geriatrics, nephrology, diabetes/endocrinology and urology services.

CONGRATULATIONS to researchers who were awarded grants from the Sarver Heart Center!

Heddwen Brooks, PhD and John Konhilas, PhD
The John T and Janet K Billington Research Award for Heart Disease in Women, $15,000
Inflammation and its role in increasing cardiovascular and kidney disease in women

Jim Gillard, MD (Dr. Jeff Walkers Lab)
The William and Dorothy Bramble Shaftner Endowment for Heart Research, $10,000
Expanding the utility of troponin as a biomarker of cardiovascular disease

Dr. Patricia Hoyer is recipient of the 2011 Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Mentoring Award--

Dr. Charles Tipton is featured in the APS Living History of Physiology Project. The APS has initiated the Living History of Physiology Project. Dr. Tipton is interviewed by Dr. Edward Zambraski who was an early graduate student of Dr. Tipton. The video focuses on his training, career and professional interactions. Click Here to Watch the Full Interview

Physiology Faculty, C. Eugene Settle, PhD is the winner of the 2011 Five Star Faculty Award. Dr. Settles' students seek to be future health care providers and scientists. 

Across campus, UA students and faculty in the sciences and social sciences are engaged in novel research in 15 Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, which are considered the "crown jewels" of the University.  Please click on link below for full article:


Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs Build Collaboration, Productivity

Stephen H. Wright, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the recipient of this year's Faculty Science Forum Founders Day Award. Dr. Wright also is a professor in the UA Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics.

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

Zoe Cohen was inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key in November 2013. 

The Golden Key International Honor Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 to recognize academic achievement among college and university students. 

Golden Key has over 400 chapters at colleges and universities in 8 countries making it the worlds largest collegiate honor society. 

Membership into Golden Key is offered to undergraduate and graduate students recognized to be among the top 15% of their class, by overall grade performance or by an alternative standard. 

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.

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.

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.

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>>>

 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.