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Center of Excellence for Inflammation, Infectious Disease & Immunity

Quillen College of Medicine

Center of Excellence for Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity


Student Members of the CIIDI Received Travel Awards to Attend National Shock Society Meeting


     Min Fan and Fei Tu are student members of the Center of Excellence for Inflammation, Infectious Disease, and Immunity who were recently selected to receive Travel Awards to attend the 40th Annual Conference on Shock held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 3-6, 2017. Min Fan and Fei Tu are doctoral graduate students working under the direction of Dr. Chuanfu Li in the Department of Surgery. 

     The Shock Society competitively awards $1,000 Travel grants annually to students whose research advances our understanding in the areas of inflammation, trauma, sepsis and shock.   The Travel Awards were presented at a banquet on June 4th, 2017. In addition to the monetary award, Fan and Tu are encouraged to submit manuscripts of their respective research for publication in the journal SHOCK: Injury, Inflammation, and Sepsis: Laboratory and Clinical Approaches, the official journal of the Shock Society.

     min fan shock posterMin Fan’s abstract and poster titled, "Enhanced glucolytic metabolism contributes to cardiac dysfunction in polymicrobial sepsis," investigates the role of sepsis-enhanced glycolysis in septic cardiomyopathy. Min’s research demonstrates “that glycolytic metabolism plays an important role in mediating sepsis-induced septic cardiomyopathy. The mechanisms may involve regulation of the pro-inflammatory response and apoptotic signaling.” Other authors of the abstract and poster were Fei Tu, Jingjing Xu, Ma He, Benjamin Nolt, Xiaohui Wang, Xia Zhang, Tuanzhu Ha1, John Kalbfleisch, Race Kao, David Williams, and Chuanfu Li.


     Fei Tu was the first author on the award-winning abstract titled, “Endothelial cell HSPA12B plays a major role in mediating immune functions in murine polymicrobial sepsis.” Fei’s research demonstrated “that specific deficiency of HSPA12B in endfei tui shockothelial cells markedly enhances lactate production, suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokine production, impairs bacterial clearance and worsens cardiac function in sepsis.  These findings led Fei to conclude that endothelial cell HSPA12B could be an important mediator of crosstalk between endothelial cells and the innate immune system during sepsis.”  Other authors of the abstract and poster are Xiaohui Wang, Jingjing Xu, Min Fan, Tuanzhu Ha, Xia Zang, Race Kao, John Kalbfleisch, David Williams, and Chuanfu Li.

     The mission of the Shock Society is to improve the care of victims of trauma, shock, and sepsis, through promoting clinically relevant research into the basic biology of trauma, shock, and sepsis, by providing a multidisciplinary forum to integrate and disseminate new knowledge in trauma, shock, and sepsis, and to promote the education and mentoring of the next generation of investigators in the field of trauma, shock, and sepsis.


Please join us in congratulating Min Fan and Fei Tu on this important accomplishment.





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