Dr. David M. Pollock, renal physiologist and founding Chief of the Section of Experimental Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has been elected President- Elect of the American Physiological Society.
The society fosters education, research and information dissemination about the physiological sciences. The 126-year-old society based in Bethesda, Md., has more than 10,000 members. Pollock will become President after serving a one-year term as President-Elect.
His relationship with the society dates back to the early 1990s and includes leadership roles as Secretary of the society’s Renal Section and a three-year term as a Councillor. He serves on the editorial board of two society journals, the American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology and the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, and is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. He was a member of a 2012 society task force to enhance opportunities for scientific interaction and exchange.
Pollock also is an editorial board member of the journal Hypertension, received the journal’s Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2005 and 2012 and was cited as its top reviewer in 2006. Additionally, he is on the editorial boards of Current Hypertension Reviews, Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, Clinical and Experimental Physiology and Pharmacology and Editor-in-Chief of Comprehensive Physiology.
He is on the Organizing Committee for the 13th International Conference on Endothelin set for September in Tokyo and chairs the 2013 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Summer Conference on Renal Hemodynamics.
Pollock received Distinguished Faculty Awards for Basic Science Research from MCG as well as the GRU Research Institute in 2010 and the GRU College of Graduate Studies Outstanding Faculty Award for Research in 2011. He also was named founding Chief of the Section of Experimental Medicine in 2011.
He studies the relationship between kidney function and blood pressure. At MCG, he is Director of an $11.2 million Program Project grant from the National Institutes of Health exploring how the kidneys recognize and deal with excess salt consumption with colleagues at the University of Utah and the University of Texas at San Antonio.