Dr. Bishopric Inducted in American Clinical and Climatological Association

Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory, was inducted into the American Clinical and Climatological Association at the organization’s annual gathering in Sarasota on October 21. The prestigious society limits new membership to 25 physicians in the United States each year.

Founded in 1884 over concerns about tuberculosis and the effect of climate on its treatment, the group expanded its interests to cover all aspects of internal medicine with emphasis on the clinical study of disease. Members are required to be active in discussions and take part in scholarly presentations about teaching, research and clinical care.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be brought into a society that places such a premium on advancing medicine through intellectual discussion, debates and interdisciplinary interactions,” said Bishopric. “And the opportunity to share insights and discussions in a relaxed social setting is truly unique.”

As a requirement for her induction, Bishopric presented a paper, “The Virtue of Just Enough Stress: A Molecular Model,” to the group. The presentation looked at examples of molecules that regulate the body’s response to stress – molecules which, like stress itself, are essential in small doses but lethal if they persist too long or rise too high.

Bishopric is a prolific and multiple award-winning physician and researcher who joined the Miller School in 1996. Recently she led a team of researchers in discovering a factor that can serve as a predictor of stem cell development into blood vessels, a key finding for future applications. The study, “Heterogeneity in SDF-1 Expression Defines the Vasculogenic Potential of Adult Cardiac Progenitor Cells,” was published in August in the online publication PLoS One.

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