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Francois M. Abboud, MD

Founding Director, Francois M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center (1974-2012)
Associate Vice President for Research
Edith King Pearson Chair of Cardiovascular Research
Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Contact Information

Primary Office
616 MRC
Iowa City, IA 52242

110 CMAB
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Christian Brothers' Schools
PNS, Sciences, University of Cairo, Faculty of Science
MBBCh, Ains Chams University, Faculty of Medicine
Internship, Demerdash Government Hospital
Resident, Internal Medicine, Milwaukee County Hospital
Fellow, Cardiovascular Laboratory (Research), American Heart Association, Marquette University School of Medicine
Fellow, Advanced Research Fellowship, Cardiology, American Heart Association, University of Iowa, College of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Subspecialty Board in Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine
Iowa Board of Medical Examiner's License
Wisonsin Medical and Surgery License

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Medical Scientist Training Program

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Cardiovascular Research Center, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Research Summary

Research interests are directed toward the neural regulation of the circulation. Specific studies examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms of 1. Mechanical activation of baroreceptor neurons and the role of mechanosensitive ion channels in the generation of baroreceptor nerve activity 2. Chemical activation of chemoreceptor neurons and the role of ASICs (Acid Sensitive Ion Channels) in responses to hypoxia and acidosis. The work is done in isolated neurons, glomus cells, and in transgenic mice. Integrated control of sympathetic activity during sleep apnea and hypertension has been the focus of studies in humans.