News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

January 21, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 2

Shawn Bearden to Lead ISU Biomedical Research Institute

Shawn Bearden

Idaho State University Associate Professor of physiology Shawn Bearden will serve as director for the ISU Biomedical Research Institute, announced Howard Grimes, ISU vice president for research and economic development.

Established in 2005 to lead the University's biomedical research activities, the ISU Biomedical Research Institute draws from all scientific disciplines to create and develop the resources and collaborations necessary for its investigators to produce the next great biomedical advances in knowledge and practice.

"Dr. Bearden is very well qualified for this position, Grimes said. "He will lead the ISU Biomedical Research Institute to help fulfill the mission and goal of Idaho State University as the leader among Idaho universities in the health professions."

Bearden, who joined ISU in 2004 from the Yale School of Medicine, is widely published in scientific journals and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for a variety of research projects related to microcirculation in health and disease. His research focuses on blood vessels in the brain and how dysfunction of those vessels contributes to cognitive impairment and dementia.

"The ISU Biomedical Research Institute is a synergistic network of investigators and resources focused on research as a means to improve human health. Our members include academic and clinician investigators at ISU and partnering organizations," Bearden said. "I look forward to leading exceptional scientists as the IBRI establishes a national reputation for making significant intellectual and technological contributions to the collective goal of improving human health and quality of life."

For his research on microcirculation, Bearden was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He is very active in his profession by serving on the executive committee of the national Microcirculatory Society, editorial boards of three journals, and several committees that decide on research funding policies and grant awards. He serves on a variety of national and university committees and is also director of the ISU Advanced Imaging Core Facility, ISU's cutting-edge microscopy facilities.