Dr. Brant Isakson of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics has been named the recipient of the 2024 Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship award.
The Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship is in honor of one of the most distinguished members of the Cardiovascular Section, Robert M. Berne, whose research focused on the local chemical regulation of tissue blood flow, with an emphasis on understanding the role of adenosine and how it elicits vasodilation. This award is presented to an emerging leader in cardiovascular research whose current research is particularly stimulating, such that the presentation of this work would contribute to interest in, and growth of, the Cardiovascular Section.
The Isakson lab focuses on microcirculation, which consists of the smallest arteries and veins. These small blood vessels are responsible for modulating blood pressure, delivery of oxygen to tissue, and regulating the inflammatory response. The Isakson lab has made important discoveries in each of these areas that includes development of genetically modified mouse models, several patented products, as well as research disclosures.