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2019 Recknagel Symposium
Sept. 19, 2019

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics annual Recknagel Symposium will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2019 during the department’s 18th annual retreat.

Five of the Department’s second year doctoral students, José Diaz-Aponte, Benjamin Dumm, Katherine Horan, Ryan Lingerak, and Ling Xu will present from their first year research laboratory rotations. Mr. Diaz-Aponte is in the lab of Dr. George Dubyak; Mr. Dumm and Ms. Xu are in the lab of Dr. Wïtold Surewicz; Ms. Horan is in the lab of Dr. Xin Qi; and Mr. Lingerak is in the lab of Dr. Bing-Cheng Wang.

The department established the annual Recknagel Symposium in memory of Professor Richard Recknagel, who was Chair of the Department of Physiology from 1976 until 1986 and an admired thinker and investigator who took a keen interest in mentoring young students and faculty.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Schelling
July 1, 2019

Jeffrey R. Schelling, M.D. has received a secondary appointment as a professor on the faculty of the Department Physiology and Biophysics.

Dr. Schelling is the Division Director of Nephrology at the MetroHealth Medical System and a Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

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Welcome to the M.S.M.P. 2019 entering class
Aug. 22, 2019

The Department welcomed approximately 170 first year students on Thursday, August 22 to its Master of Science in Medical Physiology program orientation.

A catered reception was held for the new students and they had an opportunity to have an individual photograph taken for the Department website.

As an additional welcome, all of the new students were invited to attend a Cleveland Indians baseball game on Friday, August 23.

We wish all of them well as they pursue their graduate studies.

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Dr. Leslie Leinwand of the University of Colorado to give 5th Annual Matthew N. Levy Lecture
Oct. 31, 2019

 

Leslie Leinwand, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Chief Scientific Officer of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, will give the 5th Annual Department of Physiology and Biophysics Matthew N. Levy Lecture on Thursday, October 31, 2019 (time TBD).

The title of Dr. Leinwand's lecture will be “Myosin myopathies: mechanisms of pathogenesis and paths to therapeutics.”

The late Dr. Matthew Levy was a gifted, dedicated teacher and scientist who influenced countless students, conducted groundbreaking research on heart function and its relationship to the autonomic nervous system, and who co-authored one of the most influential texts on physiology. Each autumn, beginning with a daylong symposium in 2014, the Department honors the memory of Dr. Levy and his accomplishments.

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Post-Bacc Application Deadline
July 15, 2020

July 15th, 2020 is the deadline for submitting applications for the MS in Medical Physiology Program (Post-Bacc Program).  The admissions committee will review your application once it is complete and all application materials are received.  If you have any questions, please contact the program at msmpadmissions@case.edu. Contact us if you need assistance.

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2020 Medical Physiology Program Retreat
Sept. 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. - Jan. 11, 2020 6 a.m.

The Medical Physiology program will hold its annual retreat at the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom on Friday, January 10, 2020.  Medical Physiology students will attend sessions and seminars on preparing applications for professional school.

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Department 18th Annual Retreat
Sept. 19, 2019 - Sept. 20, 2019

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics held its18th annual retreat at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH on Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20.

Facutly, postdocs, Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students, and research staff attended.

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DPB Annual Baseball Outing
Aug. 23, 2019 7:10 p.m.

The Department hosted its annual Cleveland Indians baseball outing on Friday, August 23, 2019.

The Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 4 - 1 at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland.

We host the baseball outing at the beginning of each new academic year to welcome our new graduate students and to provide an enjoyable evening for returning students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are complimentary for our students and department associates, and the Terrace Club was again reserved this year for our attendees.

Image: http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2017/0918/r260637

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DPB 2019 Annual Summer Picnic
July 26, 2019 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Department hosted its annual summer picnic on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the University's Squire Vallevue Farm in Hunting Valley.

Department faculty, associates, and students and their families and significant others attended, as well as interns who have joined us for the summer.

Group activities included softball and volleyball.

A barbecue of chicken and ribs and hamburgers and hot dogs was provided by Bon Appétit.

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Post-Bacc Application Deadline
July 15, 2019

July 15th, 2020 is the deadline for submitting applications for the MS in Medical Physiology Program (Post-Bacc Program).  The admissions committee will review your application once it is complete and all application materials are received.  If you have any questions, please contact the program at msmpadmissions@case.edu. Contact us if you need assistance.

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Congratulations to Dr. Tingwei Mu
July 1, 2019

Dr. Mu has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

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Open House for Post-Bacc Medical Physiology Program
June 22, 2019 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Department will hosted an Open House for all students, parents, and undergraduate advisors interested in learning more about the M.S. in Medical Physiology Post-Bacc program on Saturday, June 22, 2019.  A full day of activities was held.

For more information:  https://physiology.case.edu/education/department-open-house/

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Congratulations to Dr. John Li
June 17, 2019 2 p.m.

John Li, a Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program in the lab of and mentored by Dr. Julian Stelzer, publicly defended his doctoral dissertation on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

The title of John's dissertation is "Examining the efficacy of MyBPC based therapies in mouse models of cardiomyopathies."

A reception was held in the new Dr. Li's honor in the Department's 5th floor bridge area following the defense.

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Congratulations to Dr. Di Hu
May 21, 2019 2 p.m.

Di Hu, a Ph.D. candidate mentored by and in the lab of Dr. Xin Qi, publicly defended his doctoral disseration on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

The title of Dr. Hu's dissertation is “Targeting Mitochondria as a Potential Therapeutic Strategy for Neurodegenerative Disease.”

A reception in Di's honor was held immediately following the defense.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jie Yang
May 2, 2019 10 a.m.

Jie Yang, mentored by and in the lab of Dr. Sam Xiao, publicly defended his doctoral dissertation on Tuesday, May 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in SOM E-501.

The title of Jie's dissertation is “Structure, function, and regulation of inflammatory caspases in inflammation and pyroptosis.”

A festive brunch reception for the newly minted Ph.D. was held in the department's 5th floor bridge area following the defense.

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Aerospace Physiology Symposium seminar - Jay Dean, Ph.D.
April 30, 2019 noon

As part of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Inaugural Symposium for the Center for Aerospace Physiology, Dr. Jay Dean presented a seminar entitled "Winning the physiological air war of 1939-1945: the history of aero medical research and practices in America during WW2" on Tuesday, April 30 at 12:00 noon in SOM E-501.

Dr. Dean is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Inaugural Symposium for the Center for Aerospace Physiology
April 29, 2019 - April 30, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Symposium for the Center for Aerospace Physiology to be held at Case Western Reserve University on April 29-30, 2019.  The Center for Aerospace Physiology is housed within the Department of Physiology & Biophysics, at the School of Medicine. Our team of multidisciplinary scientists collaborate closely with flight surgeons and aerospace physiologists from NASA, the USAF and USN to develop new strategies enabling humans to live and thrive within austere environments on earth, the upper atmosphere, and beyond.

For more information: https://physiology.case.edu/events/symposia-and-endowed-lectures/center-for-aerospace-physiology-symposium/ 

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Congratulations to Drs. Kui Xu, Joseph LaManna, and Walter Boron...
April 15, 2019

 

…on the publication of “Functionalized Phenylbenzamides Inhibit Aquaporin-4 Reducing Cerebral Edema and Improving Outcomein Two Models of CNS Injury” in Neuroscience 404, 484-498  (04-15-2019)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452219300545

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Open House for Post-Bacc Medical Physiology Program
April 13, 2019 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Department will host an Open House for all students, parents, and undergraduate advisors interested in learning more about the M.S. in Medical Physiology Post-Bacc program on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  A full day of activities is scheduled.

For more information:  https://physiology.case.edu/education/department-open-house/

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Congratulations to Dr. Yvonne Gicheru
March 29, 2019 2 p.m.

Yvonne Gicheru, a Ph.D. candidate mentored by and in the lab of Dr. Sudha Chakrapani, publicly defended her doctoral dissertation on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

Yvonne's dissertation is entitled "Structural basis for functional modulation of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels."

A reception was held in Yvonne's honor immediately after the defense in the department's 5th floor bridge area.

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Congratulations to Sahej Bindra
March 26, 2019

Sahej Bindra, a senior at the Hathaway Brown School and a student intern in the lab of Dr. Joseph LaManna, was awarded fourth place in the research paper competition at the 56th Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held at Bowling Green State University, March 13-15, 2019.

The title of Sahej's paper is “Environmental enrichment improved cognitive performance in mice under normoxia and hypoxia.”

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