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Gaganpreet Kaur Receives D. Neil Granger Award

The Inaugural LSUHS Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences (CCDS) Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium was held on Monday, February 7th. The event featured special presentations and talks, a poster session and an award ceremony. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the D. Neil Granger Awards. Three awards were presented for Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee, Postdoctoral Trainee and Clinical Trainee.

Gaganpreet Kaur, Graduate Assistant in the Harris Laboratory, was presented with the Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee Award. Ms. Kaur will graduate soon, and has been recognized throughout her academic career. She also recently received the Outstanding Poster Award at the Vascular Biology 2021 E-Poster Session.

The namesake of the award, Dr. D. Neil Granger is the former Chair of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, and was awarded the Boyd Professorship, the highest honor bestowed by the LSU system, in 1998. As Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Imaging (former name of the CCDS) for more than 10 years, he positioned the CCDS to successfully apply for Center status and continued to serve on the Board of Directors until he retired. Dr. Granger is world-renowned for his research on the microcirculation, with over 600 publications, more than 80,000 citations, and continuous funding from the NIH over 35 years. He served on numerous grant review panels, and was Associate Editor for 3 journals, and Editor-in-Chief for Microcirculation. He also served as

President of both the Microcirculatory Society and the American Physiological Society. Dr. Granger was honored by countless awards, including the Landis Award and Lecture from the Microcirculatory Society, the Robert Berne Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Cardiovascular Section, and the Benjamin W. Zweifach Award at the 10th World Congress for Microcirculation.

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