Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium 2019

The 1st Annual Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium sponsored by the Department of Physiology and Anatomy at UNT Health Science Center was held on February 22, 2019.


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Dr. Reckelhoff

Dr. Reckelhoff is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and Director of the Women’s Health Research Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS USA. Dr. Reckelhoff worked as a Critical Care Nurse for 11 years prior to completing her BS and Ph.D. degrees. She received a B.S. degree from the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, in Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond. Dr. Reckelhoff did a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. George DeMartino at Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and another one with Dr. Chris Baylis at West Virginia University in Morgantown, before coming to the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an assistant professor.  Dr. Reckelhoff’s research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for the sex differences in blood pressure control and renal disease, postmenopausal hypertension, and blood pressure and renal function control in polycystic ovary syndrome. She has received numerous awards, including the Harry Goldblatt Award in Cardiovascular Research, the Lewis K. Dahl Award, and the Harriett Dustan Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) Council for High Blood Pressure Research, the Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Hypertension/Monarch Pharmaceuticals, and the Ernest Starling Lecture Award from the American Physiological Society. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1998. She serves on the parent committee for program project grant reviews at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH.  Dr. Reckelhoff has had significant administrative experience in her capacity as department chair and since she served as President of the American Physiological Society. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, and is the current Editor-In-Chief of the Biology of Sex Differences.  Dr. Reckelhoff has trained more than 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, invited reviews and book chapters.


Dr. Qi Fu

Dr. Qi Fu is Director of the Women’s Heart Health Laboratory at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As a medical researcher, she practiced medicine in the Department of Neurology for 8 years and has been studying autonomic circulatory control and vascular function in a wide range of populations for over 20 years. From healthy individuals and pregnant women to patients with hypertension, orthostatic intolerance, syncope or advanced heart failure with left ventricular assist devices, she has explored the field of blood pressure regulation during various interventions in great detail. One of her research focuses is sex/gender differences in autonomic function. Dr. Fu’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Harry S. Moss Heart Foundation. Dr. Fu has published a total of 116 peer-reviewed research papers, review articles and book chapters. She has received numerous awards, such as the Japanese Foundation for Aging and Health Award, David H.P. Streeten American Autonomic Society Award, and the American Physiology Society Shih-Chun Wang Young Investigator Award. Dr. Fu has served as one of the Board Directors of the American Autonomic Society.


Dr. Michael Nelson

Dr. Michael Nelson is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UT Arlington, and a Visiting Faculty Scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Nelson completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, Canada, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has a broad background in integrative human physiology, with particular research interests in: (1) cardiac mechanics and ventricular (diastolic) function; (2) the cardio-metabolic syndrome, and (3) vascular regulation and neurovascular coupling. He has published extensively in leading cardiology, imaging, and gerontology journals, and has received investigational grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and from Gilead Sciences.


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