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Internal Medicine: January 2017 Updates

Awards and Honors

  • Heather Francis, Ph.D. awarded 5 year service award from TAMHSC/College of Medicine



  • Damir Nizamutdinov, Sharon DeMorrow, Matthew McMillin, Jessica Kain, Sanjib Mukherjee, Suzanne Zeitouni, Gabriel Frampton, Paul Bricker, Jacob Hurst, and Lee Shapiro. Hepatic alterations are accompanied by changes to bile acid transporter-expressing neurons in the hypothalamus after traumatic brain injury.  Scientific reports, In press
  • Wright G, Swain M, Annane D, Saliba F, Samuel D, Arroyo V, DeMorrowS, Witt A. Neuroinflammation in liver disease: sessional talks from ISHEN. Metab Brain Dis. 2016 in press
  • Hall C, Ehrlich L, Venter J, O’Brien A, White T, Zhou T, Dang T, Meng F, Invernizzi P, Bernuzzi F, Alpini G, Lairmore T, Glaser S. Inhibition of the Apelin/Apelin Rceptor Axis Decreases Cholangiocarcinoma Growth. Cancer Lett. 2016 Nov 26;386:179-188. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2016.11.025. [Epub ahead of print]
  • L Kennedy, H Francis. Defining the relationship between farsenoid X receptor, hepatitis B virus X protein and HCC: It’s complicated. 2016 Nov 23. doi: 10.1002/hep.28959. [Epub ahead of print]



  • L Kennedy, J Demieville, L Hargrove and H Francis. Biliary damage is reduced in HDC knockout mice fed high fat diet via leptin dysregulation. Poster presentation, ASCB, San Francisco, CA 12/5/16


Professional Activities and Appointments

  • Heather Francis, Ph.D. promoted to Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & became full time TAMHSC employee 12/1/16
  • Heather Francis, Ph.D. joined BSWH IACUC committee as a regular member
  • Gianfranco Alpini, Ph.D. Activity as Associate Editor of Hepatology, Digestive and Liver Diseases and PLOSONE