Dr. L. Gabriel Navar will deliver The Physiology in Perspective: The Walter B. Cannon Award Lectureship of the American Physiological Society (APS) on Saturday, April 21, at 5:45 pm in Ballroom 20A of the San Diego Convention Center. If you tweet about the lecture, please use #Navar as your hashtag.
Cannon and the Lectureship
The Physiology in Perspective: The Walter B. Cannon Award Lectureship is awarded to an outstanding physiological scientist, domestic or foreign, who is an APS member. The recipient is selected by the President-Elect in recognition of his/her original and outstanding accomplishments in the field of physiology. The recipient presents a lecture on "Physiology in Perspective" during the plenary session of the Experimental Biology meeting, addressing Cannon's concepts of "The Wisdom of the Body." The lecture is considered for publication in the Society journal of the recipient’s choosing.
Dr. Navar completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and earned the PhD degree in 1966 from the University of Mississippi under the tutelage of Dr. Author C. Guyton. He then accepted an Instructor position at Mississippi, quickly rising through the ranks to the level of Associate Professor by 1971. He spent a year as a Visiting Scientist at Duke University, where he learned micropuncture under the guidance of Drs. Ike Robinson and Jim Clapp. In 1974, he accepted a position as Associate Professor (and was soon promoted to Professor) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was affiliated with both the Nephrology Research and Training Center and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He moved to Tulane University School of Medicine in 1988, where he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology.
Fueled by his PhD research on renal autoregulation, Dr. Navar’s long-term research efforts have significantly advanced our understanding of pressure-natriuresis, regulation of glomerular filtration dynamics in the dog, arterial pressure regulation, autoregulatory mechanisms, the tubuloglomerular feedback response, angiotensin II influences on renal hemodynamic and excretory function, and mechanisms of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension. He has published 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 123 book chapters and review articles. Dr. Navar has garnered numerous awards in recognition of his research accomplishments, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control, the American Society of Hypertension’s Richard Bright Award, and the Arthur C. Corcoran Award from the American Heart Association. In 1997, he was the Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lecturer of the APS Renal Section, and he won the Berliner Award of the same section in 2007.
Dr. Navar’s research efforts have been inexorably linked to training young scientists. He excels in teaching at the advanced graduate student and postdoctoral levels, helping these individuals with complex concepts of renal physiology, as well as the design, execution, and interpretation of experimental studies. Indeed, Dr. Navar’s mentorship has contributed to the success of numerous individuals who have been named Established Investigators of the American Heart Association, who have had long-term National Institutes of Health grant support, and who are now producing another generation of students and fellows pursuing research in the field of renal physiology. In recognition of his mentoring efforts, he was named the 2005 recipient of the Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award of the APS.
In addition to his research and mentorship accomplishments, Dr. Navar is a tireless servant to the scientific community, having held leadership positions in the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research, the American Society of Hypertension, the Association of Chairs of the Departments of Physiology, and others. His service and dedication to the APS include his election to the APS Council (1991–1994), his service as President of the Society (1998 –1999), and his most recent position as chair of the Long Range Planning Committee.