The Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is gearing up to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) through its annual 5k walk on Saturday, May 11 at Balloon Fiesta Field. In years past, SRMC staff, their friends and family have come together to raise money and awareness to help aid in the fight to overcome the obstacles of mental illness.
HSC Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded Francis Fellowship
April 13, 2008
NEWS RELEASEApril 10, 2008 Contact: Shannon Guess (505) 272-0261 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. – A University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Nikki L. Jernigan, has been awarded the Parker B. Francis Fellowship. She is the sole UNM member of the Class of 2008 Fellows. Although there were more than 65 applicants, only 18 exceptional pulmonary science researchers were selected by the Foundation’s Scientific Council of Advisors to receive the fellowship. The Parker B. Francis Fellowship is a three-year fellowship and all recipients receive $150,000 over that time. Jernigan received this honor for her work titled “ Regulation of pulmonary vascular smooth muscle intracellular calcium following chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hyper-tension.” With the guidance of her mentor, Professor Thomas C. Resta, she focused her research on determining the role of a novel class of non-selective acid-sensing ion channels in the mediation of calcium responses related to pulmonary hypertension otherwise known as high blood pressure within the lungs. Parker B. Francis, founder of the Puritan-Bennett Company, established a foundation bearing his name in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1951. Since Puritan-Bennett was a leading manufacturer of respiratory equipment and medical gases, the primary emphasis of the Foundation was related to pulmonary research. Today, the Francis Family Foundation remains the sole benefactor of the Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program. Since 1976, the Foundation has contributed more than $40 million to the Fellowship Program in support of more than 700 Fellows.
On Thursday, April 25 CHEK-D will hold a recognition and kickoff event, with a talk and presentation by Dr. Richard Larson, Vice Chancellor for Research, and Dr. Larissa Myaskovsky, CHEK-D Director, from 9 – 10 a.m. in Domenici North Wing room 2710.
UNM HSC is honored to continue our partnership with Professor Alford. We would like to invite everyone to join us as she presents the UNM Distinguished Diversity Scholar luncheon talk: Enhancing Wellness By Honoring Our Humanity on Friday, April 26.