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2015 NAVBO Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology - Mukesh Jain, Case Western Reserve University

2015 NAVBO Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology -
Mukesh Jain, Case Western Reserve University

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Dr. Jain will present the Judah Folkman Lecture entitled, "KLFs and vessel wall," on October 21 at Vascular Biology 2015 in Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod).

The NAVBO Meritorious Awards Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board and the NAVBO Council announce with pleasure the selection of Mukesh Jain, M.D., as the recipient of the 2015 Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology. This award recognizes outstanding contributions from vascular biologists who are at a mid-career level (within fifteen years of their first faculty appointment). Dr. Jain will present the Folkman Award Lecture and receive the award at the NAVBO Workshops in Vascular Biology 2015 (October 18-22) in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Dr. Jain earned both his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Buffalo. Following an internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Research Fellowships with Dr. Ed Haber at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Mu-En Lee at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Jain joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 2000. In 2006, he became the Ellery Sedgwick Jr. Chair and Distinguished Scientist at Case Western Reserve University & University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is the Founding Director of the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute and Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve.

The Folkman Award recognizes Dr. Jain's contributions to characterizing the Kruppel-like factors (KLFs), transcriptional regulators now recognized to be involved in an extraordinary range of biological processes, stretching from systemic nutrient homeostasis to insulin resistance to myeloid cell differentiation to atherogenesis. As noted by his fellow vascular biologists, Dr. Jain's work has had"...significant implications for our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the initiation and progression of vascular inflammation and cardiovascular myopathies."

In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Dr. Jain has trained and mentored numerous young physician-scientists, a contribution that earned him mentorship awards at both Harvard and Case Western Reserve. Under his tutelage, trainees have been remarkably successful in establishing independent research programs. All writing in support of his nomination for the Folkman Award mention his generosity of spirit as a colleague and mentor, for example noting that "...few very competitive biomedical researchers epitomize the "Folkman" tradition as well as Mukesh. He is not only an outstanding physician-scientist with a consummate love of science and drive to answer important questions in vascular biology, but he is a true gentleman and a fantastic collaborator." Among many examples of Dr. Jain's involvement in his profession, he is past member of the NAVBO Council and President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Please join us in Hyannis in October to celebrate Dr. Jain's achievements in vascular biology as the Folkman Award winner.

Read more about Dr. Jain's research

Compiled by William R. Huckle,
NAVBO Editor