Duke CVRC faculty receive awards from Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Four faculty in the Division of Cardiology have received awards from the Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis at Duke. The faculty are members of the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center, which has a mission of scholarship, training, and mentoring that includes developing the next leaders in cardiovascular discovery research.

The Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis at Duke was established to advance scientific understanding in the areas of hypertension, atherosclerosis, and related cardiovascular diseases. Goals include positively influencing research in the fields of hypertension and atherosclerosis by creating an expanding core of established faculty, early career fellows, and students, all focused on pursuing knowledge in these areas. 

Earlier this fall, the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center issued RFP’s for three different Mandel program:  the new Mandel Scholar Award, which funds a CVRC primary faculty member within five years of their initial faculty appointment; the Mandel Fellow award, which funds a postdoctoral research fellow; and the Mandel Seed awards, targeted toward CVRC researchers forming new collaborations to support innovative research into the causes and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  Awards have been announced in each of these programs:

Mandel Scholar

Ravi Karra, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Cardiology), "Reprogramming Regenerative Capacity to the Mammalian Heart."

Mandel Fellow

Han Kyu Lee, PhD, postdoc in the lab of Doug Marchuk, PhD, "Cerebrovascular Infarction (Stroke) in an Animal Model."

Mandel Seed

Dennis Abraham, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Cardiology), "Protecting Cardiac Function by Harnessing the Fibroblast Secretome."

Neil Freedman, MD, associate professor of medicine (Cardiology) and cell biology, "Molecular Mechanisms of Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation and Failure."

Robert McGarrah, MD, medical instructor in medicine (Cardiology), "The Role of the Nuclear Receptor, RORα, in Myocardial Metabolism."