2015 Zweifach Award: D. Neil Granger
Dr. D. Neil Granger received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine. After rising through the academic ranks at the University of South Alabama, he moved to LSU Health Sciences Center in 1986 to assume his current position as Boyd Professor and Head of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. Over the last four decades, Dr. Granger has built an international reputation as an innovative scientist and scholar whose groundbreaking research has provided valuable insight into not only the normal regulation of blood flow and microvessel permeability, but also inflammatory and prothrombogenic responses of the microcirculation in ischemia/reperfusion, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Granger's work in these areas has had a major impact on multiple disciplines, including physiology, pathology and immunology. He is the author of over 600 peer-reviewed articles, over 100 book chapters and 7 books. Dr. Granger has also served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the Microcirculatory Society's journal Microcirculation, as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physiology (Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology) and the journals Microcirculation and Pathophysiology, and on the editorial boards of over a dozen other journals. He has also served on more than 30 study sections and review groups for the NIH and other funding agencies, and his own research has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 30 years. Over the course of his career, Dr. Granger has been active in the leadership of numerous scientific societies, including serving on the Council of the Microcirculatory Society and as its President. He also served as the 77th President of the American Physiological Society (APS). Dr. Granger has received numerous prestigious awards for his scientific achievements, including the APS Bowditch Award, the Distinguished Research Award from the GI Section of the APS, the Landis Award from the Microcirculatory Society, the Dolph Adams Award from the Society for Leukocyte Biology, the Career of Distinction Award from the Oxygen Society, the Nishimaru-Tsuchiya International Award from the Japanese Society for Microcirculation, and the Robert Berne Award from the Cardiovascular Section of the APS. A tireless proponent for microvascular research, Dr. Granger's profound impact on the field extends beyond his own work to include the many students and fellows he has trained who have gone on to become scientific leaders in their own right.