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British Pharmacological Society 2017 Vogt Prize to Cambridge

last modified Oct 04, 2017 04:00 PM

Dr Peiran (Brian) Yang has been awarded the British Pharmacological Society 2017 Vogt Prize for postgraduate studies. The prize was named in honour of Marthe Vogt (1903 – 2003) a German scientist recognized as one of the leading neuroscientists of the twentieth century particularly for understanding of the role of neurotransmitters in the brain.

The prize is awarded to candidates competing their MD or PhD within the past 18 months based on scientific merit of work and candidate’s publications. Dr Yang was supervised by Dr Anthony Davenport and Dr Janet Maguire, and has recently published in Circulation on the role of  a new peptide first identified in fish, called Elabela/Toddler in the human cardiovascular system, and the way in which expression was reduced in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The study demonstrated that daily injections of Ela to replace the missing peptide attenuated the development of PAH in an animal model of this disease. Dr Yang is currently undertaking postdoctoral research at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

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