David W. Busija, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Busija received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and completed his post-doctoral training at the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Iowa under the direction of Dr. Donald D. Heistad. Following faculty positions at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Dr. Busija became Regents Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Tulane University Medical Center on January 1, 2011. Dr. Busija was awarded the prestigious Doctorem Medicinae Honoris Causa by the University of Szeged Medical School (formerly Albert Szent-Györgyi Faculty of Medicine), Hungary, one of the prominent medical schools of Europe. The honorary degree, presented during a ceremony at the university in November, 2009 attended by the president of Hungary, was awarded for sustained contributions to research and academic development in the Department of Physiology at the University of Szeged over the past 15 years, including the training of numerous visiting faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows. The continuing collaboration has resulted in more than 55 joint publications. He also has long-standing professional relationships with Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary, and Keio Medical School in Tokyo, Japan. His laboratory, which is supported by four grants from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 270 original articles, reviews, and book chapters on various aspects of vascular and brain physiology and pathology. He also has a record of success in training a diverse array of students, fellows, and younger faculty in his laboratory to be independent scientists. His scientific areas of interest focus on the control of the brain vasculature during normal and disease conditions such as insulin resistance and stroke, cellular protective mechanisms in neurons and astroglia, and the biology of mitochondria.

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