WCBH 2021 Competition Winners

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the trainee oral and poster competitions at the Women's Cardiovascular and Brain Health research symposium at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.




Benard Ogola, PhD1st place for best postdoctoral fellow oral presentation
Ovariectomy Increases the Expression of X-linked Genes
Benard Ogola, PhD - Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine
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John Akins1st place for best graduate student oral presentation
Differences in Hypercapnia-Induced Cerebral Vasodilation Between Young, Black Men and Women
John Akins - Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas Arlington
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Spencer Cushen2nd place 
Cell-Free Membrane-Bound and Membrane-Unbound Mitochondrial DNA in Maternal Circulation in Preeclampsia
Spencer Cushen - Department of Physiology and Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center
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Yasmine Coovadia3rd place
Vascular responses to sympathetic nerve acticity are blunted in young healthy women during cold pressor test 
Yasmine Coovadia - Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University
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Garen Anderson1st place for best poster presentation
Sex Differences in the Hemodynamic Respnses to Induced Arterial Pressure Oscillations During Central Hypovolemia
Garen Anderson - Department of Physiology and Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Alaina Glasgow2nd place 
The Impact of Perceived Discrimination on Cardiac Autonomic Modulation in Young Women
Alaina Glasgow - Department of Exercise Science, Syracuse University

Harlan Orr3rd place 
Do Women and Men Differ in Their Recovery from Acute Sympatho-Excitation Stress?
Harlan Orr - Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University


The Department of PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY at the University of North Texas Health Science Center hosted the 3rd Annual Women's Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium on Friday, April 16, 2021. Please view the event program for more information or contact dept.physio@unthsc.edu. 

Our goals are to a) promote research addressing women's cardiovascular and brain health, b) provide the opportunity for students and postdoctoral fellows to present their work, c) foster regional and local research collaborations, and d) raise awareness about the importance of women's health research. 

Our Department has twenty-four full-time faculty members with diverse research interests spanning molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral sciences. Research within the department is funded by a variety of external sources including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the American Osteopathic Association and other private foundations which, together with institutional support, permits faculty to conduct cutting-edge research with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Further, the department offers a collegial and collaborative environment where faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students, administrators, and staff work together to promote a vibrant atmosphere for scientific research and discovery.

The department also provides high quality graduate training for students seeking to become scholars and teachers in the fields of physiology and anatomy, or those seeking to enter careers in applied research in government or private industry. Graduate degrees (MS, PhD) and dual degrees (DO/PhD, DPT/PhD) are offered through two graduate programs within the department, INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY and STRUCTURAL ANATOMY AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES. Both programs boast small student/faculty ratios, advanced area-specific courses, and extensive hands-on training via research, teaching, and outreach activities. The department takes great pride in providing an innovative and supportive educational environment for its students.