Dec. 14, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 49



UTHSC researcher receives prestigious Gottschalk Award

Photo of Dr. Stockand STOCKAND

The American Society of Nephrology has awarded Dr. James D. Stockand, assistant professor in the department of physiology, the prestigious Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Award. Dr. Stockand is one of only three researchers selected for the honor nationwide.

"Dr. Gottschalk made significant contributions to our understanding of kidney physiology and blood pressure control," Dr. Stockand said. "This award is particularly meaningful to me since I am also interested in this area of research."

The grant award provides $200,000 in research funds over the next two years. "My global objective is to understand, at a cellular and molecular level, the means by which humans control blood pressure," Dr. Stockand said. "I want to identify possible points of dysfunction in this mechanism with the ultimate aim of preventing disease."

The American Health Association, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also support Dr. Stockand's work.

"Dr. Stockand is a very innovative scientist," said Dr. Vernon Bishop, chairman of the department of physiology. "His most recent work involves molecular events that couple aldosterone to epithelial sodium channel function. This work is at the forefront of his field."

Dr. Stockand joined the Health Science Center in June 1999. He is a graduate of the UT-Houston Health Science Center and completed his post-doctoral work at Emory University in Atlanta.