18. GOALS FOR FELLOWSHIP TRAINING AND CAREER Goals for Fellowship: INSTITUTION/COMPANY SUPERVISOR/EMPLOYER Boston University Glen Moss Towpath Racquet Club Dallas Aleman University of Akron Bradley McClain 1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the nervous and endocrine systems, especiallyregarding control of cardiovascular function 2. Aquire research skills and techniques for investigating interactions between the nervous and endocrine systems in the control of blood pressure 3. Develop teaching skills in physiology - with emphasis on neural, endocrine, and cardiovascular physiology. Relevance to Career: These goals will allow me to pursue a career in academics, or in industry. I will develop training and research activities that will examine the neurological bases underlying the endocrine system and endocrine system dysfunctions. Also, as an African-American male, I would like to be a role model and encourage other African-Americans in particular to pursue careers in biomedical sciences. SPONSOR 19. NAME AND DEGREE(S) john T. Clark,Ph.D 20. POSITION/RANK Professor of Physiology 21. RESEARCH INTERESTS/AREAS Cardiovascular and Behavioral Neuroendocrinology RESEARCHPROPOSAL 22. DESCRIPTION (Do not exceed space provided) Hypertension and diabetes mellitus are major health problems that often co-exist in the African-American population. Persistent hypertension triples the incidence of heart disease and stroke and magnifies the adverse effects of diabetes. Yet,the effects of diabetes in hypertensive individuals are not well studied. Further, there is very little data available on the contribution of androgens to, or the effects of estrogen treatment on, cardiovascular function in diabetic men or rats.This research training plan is designed to give me a firm foundation in experimental physiology and the interpretation of complex data..
My specific aims for the project period are to test the hypotheses that: A. The effects of insulin depletion on blood pressure and sexual function will be greater in middle-aged hypertensive male rats than in middle-aged 'normotensive'male rats. Further, the effects of insulin depletion will be greater in middle-aged than in younger male rats. B. The effects of insulin depletion in male rats will include reduced hypothalamic sympathoinhibition. C. The effects of insulin depletion in male rats are modified by the gonadal steroid milieu. Thus,depletion of testosterone is associated with greater insulin resistance. Further, any beneficial effects of estrogen treatment in diabetic male rats will be greater in intact or testosterone-replaced males than in testosterone-depleted (castrated) males. Individual NRSA Name (Last, first, mi^H; intial) Table of Contents ========================================Section End===========================================

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
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