News & Events

Dr. Heddwen Brooks

Congratulations to Heddwen Brooks, PhD, the new Department of Physiology Chair, who was awarded the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) 2022 Award of Excellence for Research in Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women.






Andrea Zsombok

Supaporn ‘Tom’ Kulthinee, a postdoctoral fellow for Dr. L. Gabriel Navar, was selected to receive a 2019 American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) Henry Christian Award for her outstanding abstract entitled, “Dominance of purinergic P2X1 and P2X7 receptors mitigates angiotensin AT1 receptors influence on renal microvascular resistance in angiotensin II dependent hypertension”. She will present her abstract during the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

More information about this award along with a list of recipients can be found on the AFMR website:

Andrea Zsombok

Andrea Zsombok, an associate professor of physiology in the Tulane University School of Medicine and member of the Tulane Brain Institute Executive Committee, recently received a $334,000 supplement to her current National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that supports research into the brain’s role in diabetes. Diabetes is associated with an increased risk for all dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Gabby Navar Symposium


L. Gabby Navar Symposium

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tulane JBJ Bldg, Room 111A

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


L. Gabriel Navar

Congratulations to Dr. L. Gabriel Navar, Professor and Chair of Physiology, who was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Southern Section of Clinical Investigation (SSCI) Mentor of the Year Award. This award will be presented during the annual Southern Regional Meeting on February 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM.



Andrei Derbenev, MD

Congratulations to Dr. Andrei Derbenev, Associate Professor in Physiology, who was recently awarded an NIH SPARC grant. This award is part of the initiative together with Pennington.



T. Cooper Woods, MD

Dr. T. Cooper Woods, Assistant Professor in Physiology, was recently highlighted in an article in the August 9, 2017 issue of Tulane New Wave news.  Dr.Woods, along with Dr. Bazan from Ochsner Medical Center, have identified biomarkers in the blood that could one day help doctors diagnose a recent ischemic stroke, according to a new study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. This research has the potential to having a blood test to assist with stroke diagnosis.  To read the full article, click here.