Dr. Kevin Southerland Announced as 2021 Wylie Scholar

Vascular Cures is pleased to announce Kevin Southerland MD, an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Duke University as the 2021 Wylie Scholar. His research work is on the “Transcriptional Dynamics and Heterogeneity of Macrophages in Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia”. 

Dr. Southerland describes his project: “CLTI is the most severe manifestation of PAD and patients with CLTI are at high risk for limb loss and death.  A significant number of CLTI patients suffer limb loss despite successful restoration of arterial flow.  Novel approaches to treat CLTI remain an unmet clinical need.  The goal of our lab is to understand the communication signals between the various cell types in the ischemic limb.  We are particularly interested in how macrophages (a type of immune cell) interact with muscle stem cells.  We believe that understanding these mechanisms will be the groundwork for the development of new therapies for CLTI patients.” 

The Wylie Scholar Program, now in its 25th year, awards one outstanding, young surgeon-scientist in North America with a $150,000 three-year career development grant for projects that combine active patient care with academic research. The award supports crucial research that enables them to compete for future research funding. Wylie Scholars become North America’s world-class vascular surgeon-scientists; many are now chiefs at major academic centers, prominent leaders in the field, and play a key role in our programs. Vascular Cures is a national non-profit advancing innovation in healthcare and research for diseases outside the heart. The program’s investment has generated a 28:1 return in subsequent funding for the scholars and their institutions.  

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