Bagher named secretary of The Microcirculatory Society

Blood vessel biologist gives back to organization
March 1, 2019

Pooneh Bagher, PhD, assistant professor at the Department of Medical Physiology in the College of Medicine, has been named secretary of The Microcirculatory Society, or MCS.

“I have been a member of MCS since I was a postdoctoral fellow and have benefited not only from the travel awards and networking sessions the society provides, but also from having a diverse community of scientists with similar interests,” Bagher said. “I am really excited to be nominated and elected to the position of secretary as it provides me the opportunity to give back to the society that has given me so much.”

In this role, Bagher will organize and plan the MCS’s annual meeting which is held in conjunction with Experimental Biology; assist committee chairs, officers, MCS members and the president of the society as needed; create and disseminate newsletters; and update the society webpage. She will officially begin after Experimental Biology 2019 being held in Orlando April 6–9, 2019.

The mission of the MCS is to “actively encourage and promote all forms of innovative research and teaching, leading to an increase in understanding of microcirculatory function in health and disease.” The research focus of the members of the MCS spans a wide range of organ systems with a focus on arterial, venular and/or lymphatic function. This fits in well with what Bagher studies; her lab focuses on how blood vessels regulate blood flow to tissues throughout the body. In recent years, they have applied these principles to a range of human diseases, such as diabetes and muscular dystrophy, as well as to space flight.

“Interacting with MCS colleagues and collaborators across the world has been very important for developing my laboratory’s place in the field,” Bagher said.

— Christina Sumners