Segal Receives Top Honor for Microcirculation Research

Steven Segal, PhD

Steven Segal, PhD, a researcher at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, will be recognized at the World Congress for Microcirculation with the prestigious Benjamin W. Zweifach award.

Professor Zweifach was an eminent pioneer in microcirculatory research. This award recognizes the achievements of internationally renowned individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the knowledge of microcirculation. It is the greatest honor bestowed by microcirculation societies around the world and is given once every four to six years.

Segal will receive the Zweifach award in September at the international conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. He serves as Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor in Medical Research and Professor of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology at the MU School of Medicine.

“It is both humbling and a tremendous honor to be recognized by my peers with this award,” Segal said. “The study of blood flow regulation is critical to understanding the benefits of exercise and to addressing circulation issues caused by injury, disease and aging. I feel privileged to contribute to our understanding of microcirculatory function.”

Segal has studied blood flow regulation in microvascular networks for more than 30 years. His current research applies this background to skeletal muscle regeneration with the goal of understanding how microvessels, muscle fibers and motor nerves orchestrate their recovery following injury.

He is a past recipient of the Malpighi Award from the European Microcirculation Society and the Landis Award from the Microcirculatory Society, Inc. (USA), which are the highest honors given to researchers from respective societies. Research in Segal’s laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.