WASHINGTON -- The American Physiological Society (APS) has selected Kathryn Sandberg, Ph.D. as its Ernest H. Starling Distinguished Lecturer of the APS Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section. Sandberg is director of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences and a professor and vice chair for research in the department of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.
The honor, according to APS, is a reflection of Sandberg’s scientific contributions to the field, which distinguishes her as a leader and a role model for younger scientists.
“Ernest Starling is the father of hormone research and he paved the way for all of us,” said Sandberg, whose research focuses on the angiotensin II hormone and its role in hypertension and associated vascular-renal disease. “It is absolutely thrilling to be honored with this distinguished award by the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of the American Physiological Society.”
Starling, an English physician and physiologist who died in 1927, is described by Encyclopedia Britannica as one of the foremost scientists of his time for his “prolific contributions to a modern understanding of body functions, especially the maintenance of a fluid balance throughout the tissues, the regulatory role of endocrine secretions, and mechanical controls on heart function.”
Sandberg delivered her award lecture titled “The Female Paradox: Resistance and Vulnerability in Hypertension and Renal Vascular Disease” at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego April 22. The APS is one of six scientific societies who hold their joint scientific sessions and annual meetings at the Experimental Biology conference.
The Ernest H. Starling Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section represents one of the 12 Lectureships approved by the APS Council.
At Georgetown, Sandberg's laboratory focuses on the peptide hormone angiotensin II and the molecular mechanisms underlying the sex differences in the incidence and rate of progression of hypertension and associated cardiovascular and renal disease.
About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2010-11, GUMC accounted for 85 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.