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Cardiovascular Center Appoints Postdoctoral Fellow to T32 Training Program

Milwaukee, April 30, 2019 – The Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has appointed Pablo Nakagawa, PhD as a postdoctoral trainee in the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 postdoctoral training program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Pablo Nakagawa Image_NewsroomDr. Nakagawa received his Master of Science in clinical biochemistry and biotechnology at the University of Buenos Aires in 2008. He received his doctorate in physiology in 2014 in the laboratory Oscar Carretero, MD, a senior staff scientist in the Division of Hypertension and Vascular Research at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Mich.  

His primary mentor is Curt Sigmund, PhD, the James J. Smith & Catherine Welsch Smith Professor of Physiology, chair of physiology, and associate director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW, and member of the Cardiovascular Center’s Hypertension Signature Program. With expertise from his doctoral studies in the renin-angiotensin system, Dr. Nakagawa’s postdoctoral training will expand scientific knowledge about the treatment of high blood pressure by understanding how the brain renin-angiotensin system regulates cardiovascular and metabolic function using a unique mouse model developed in Dr. Sigmund's laboratory.

“I am confident that my training at the Medical College of Wisconsin will provide me with an outstanding environment to develop cutting-edge research skills required to work at the front line of modern cellular and molecular physiology,” Dr. Nakagawa said.

Building on excellence in cardiovascular research, the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 postdoctoral training program, “Training in Signature Transdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences,” is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that provides support for two new postdoctoral training slots each year. The grant provides up to three years of training for appointed postdoctoral fellows in the Cardiovascular Center with an MD, PhD, PharmD, or DO degree.

The ultimate goal of this training program is to train the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, including underrepresented minorities, by incorporating broad-based, personalized, supportive and rigorous training opportunities.

Dr. Nakagawa is an underrepresented minority in science and joins three other postdoctoral fellows in the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 postdoctoral training program, Moua Yang, PhD, Jennifer Stancill, PhD, and Christine Klemens, PhD.

Ivor Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW and David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and senior associate director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW, are co-directors. Complementary support for trainees is provided by a grant given to the Cardiovascular Center by the A. O. Smith Foundation for the A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program, a program designed to support talented cardiovascular researchers and physicians to overcome the barriers that exist in launching and sustaining a successful research career.

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