Andrew Braun, PhD

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Full Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Full Member

Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Associate Member

Member

Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Web presence

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-8861

Background

Educational Background

B.Sc. Physiology, University of Saskatchewan, 1983

Doctor of Philosophy Physiology, University of Saskatchewan, 1988

Biography

My undergraduate education sparked an intense curiosity/interest in biomedical research, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology. Following completion of my doctorate, I pursued training in cardiac electrophysiology at the Univ. of Calgary, which allowed me to investigate the electrical activity of individual cells in the heart, and how these events contributed to contraction and arrhythmogenesis. Subsequently, I undertook additional training at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, where I carried out experimental studies examining how individual ion channel proteins in the cell membrane responsible for cell excitability are regulated by important cellular pathways and hormones. As a result of this training and associated research activity, I was recruited back to the Univ. of Calgary as an Alberta Heritage Foundation scholar to establish an independent research program as an assistant professor. Since then, my research activities have been supported by the CIHR, NSERC, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Alberta Diabetes Institute. Driven by our discovery-based research, we have recently undertaken proof-of-concept studies to explore a novel therapeutic strategy that we predict will lessen the severity and extent of cardiovascular complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) by reversing the vascular dysfunction typically observed in T2D patients. We continue to develop this therapeutic strategy for the purpose of translation to humans.

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
MDSC 62101 LEC 01 01 BasicPrinciplesofPharmacology 2021

Awards

  • Golden Apple Award, Graduate Science Education. 2006
  • Faculty Research Senior Scholarship, AHFMR, 2002
  • Faculty Research Scholarship, AHFMR, 1997
  • Faculty Research Scholarship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 1997
  • Moffat Scholarship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 1997
  • Molson Young Investigator Award, 1997
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1992
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, AHFMR, 1988
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 1988
  • Doctoral Studentship, Medical Research Council of Canada, 1986