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Louisiana Tech University to host LSUHSC physiologist as part of research lecture series

Louisiana Tech University

RUSTON, La - Louisiana Tech University's will host a presentation by Dr. Neil Granger, the Boyd Professor and head of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, on March 14 as part of its New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series.

Granger's presentation titled, "How Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease after the Injury Response to Ischemia and Reperfusion" is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus. The event is free and members of the campus and local communities are cordially invited to attend.

In addition to his presentation at Louisiana Tech, Granger will be meeting with children and parents from the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana to talk with them about the importance of living a tobacco free life and the negative effects of tobacco on cardiovascular health.

The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research seminar series is co-organized by Dr. Jamie Newman, the Scott Weathersby Endowed Professor in Zoology and Premedicine and assistant professor in biological sciences, and Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore, assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The 2015-2016 series will spotlight interdisciplinary collaborations, alumni spotlights and features, and research discussions by renowned guest speakers from across the nation.

Granger is the author of over 600 articles in peer-review journals, over 100 book chapters and the author/editor of six books. He serves on the editorial boards of the Heart and Circulation, GI and Liver, and Cell sections of the American Journal of Physiology, as well as Circulation Research, Microcirculation, Shock, Pathophysiology, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Lymphatic Research and Biology, Nitric Oxide Biology, and Experimental and Translational Stroke Medicine.

Granger has received several awards and honors for his research, including the APS Bowditch Award, the Distinguished Research Award from the GI Section of the APS, the Landis Award from the Microcirculatory Society, the Laerdal Award from the Society for Critical Care Medicine, and the McKenna Memorial Award from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. He has also been honored with the Dolph Adams Award from the Society for Leukocyte Biology, the Career of Distinction Award from the Oxygen Society, the Nishimaru-Tsuchiya International Award from the Japanese Society for Microcirculation, and the Robert Berne Lecture & Award from the Cardiovascular Section of the APS.

All lectures during the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research seminar series will be recorded and can be accessed through the College of Engineering and Science's Events web page at http://coes.latech.edu/about-the-college/events.php.

Granger's visit and meeting with the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana are sponsored by the Lincoln Health Foundation and are part of a collaboration with Dewanna Blake, assistant professor in the Division of Nursing at Louisiana Tech, and students in the nursing program.

"The nursing students will present information on living a tobacco-free lifestyle which includes bringing awareness to the health benefits of a tobacco-free environment and the benefits that smoking cessation provides to the heart and lungs," said Blake. "They will provide information about the health risk for smoking, using smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. The importance of this event is to educate on ways to improve the health disparity for respiratory related diseases, and encourage health promotion for the heart and body."

Season sponsors for the 2015-2016 series include Lincoln Health Foundation, Louisiana Tech's College of Engineering and Science, the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, the Office of the President, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science, Sigma Xi, and generous donations from members of the community.

For more information on Granger and his presentation, or other events in this year's New Frontiers in Biomedical Research series, visit http://www.biomedicalresearch.wix.com/new-frontiers.

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