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Board of Trustees Biographies:

Allen W. Cowley, Jr., PhD

Allen W. Cowley, Jr., PhDAllen W. Cowley, Jr., PhD, is the James J. Smith & Catherine Welsh Smith Professor in Physiology, Harry & Gertrude Hack Term Professor in Physiology, Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology (since 1980), and Director of the Cardiovascular Center (since 2009) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Cowley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Physiology from Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA).

Dr. Cowley's scientific interests are in the study of renal and cardiovascular mechanisms involved in the long-term control of arterial pressure.   Dr. Cowley is the Principal Investigator of two Program Project Grants, one of which is focused on the search for genes responsible for high blood pressure and the other on the role of the kidney in the control of blood pressure.  He has published more than 300 original research articles and authored 37 review articles and book chapters.   

Dr. Cowley is the recipient of the highest awards given for scientific research by the American Physiological Society and the American Heart Association. He has also served on many NIH advisory committees and for the past four years as an advisor to the Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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