Reggie Lee, PhD, (Assistant Professor of Neurology) has been awarded $231,000 for a total of 3 years of funding from the American Heart Association to study SGK1 signaling in the brain vascular sympathetic after cardiopulmonary arrest. Cardiac arrest is a major cause of death/disability in the US affecting more than 325,000 people per year with only a 10% survival rate. Dr. Lee’s longterm goal is to decrease brain damage by reviving cerebral blood flow thus diminishing subsequent neurological deficits. Additionally, Dr. Lee would like to modulate SGK1 signaling, a major player in the brain thought to be involved in metabolism, aging, and diabetes to afford better outcomes after brain ischemia. Dr. Lee was a previous postdoctoral fellow at LSU Health Shreveport. The American Heart Association Career Development Award is a highly competitive award mechanism that helps foster postdoctoral fellow to junior faculty transition.