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wawiggins

Walter Wiggins, MD, PhD



Matriculated: 2007

Graduate Program: Neuroscience

Education:

BS in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry, 2007, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
PhD in Neuroscience, 2012, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC
MD, 2014, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC


Residency:
Radiology - Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Research:
My doctoral dissertation was titled "Ethosuximide stabilizes sleep-related oscillations and reduces sleep fragmentation during alcohol withdrawal". My thesis advisor was Dwayne Godwin, PhD.

Current efforts include: quasilinear viscoelastic modeling of passive biomechanics in rodent muscle-tendon units (in collaboration with Orthopaedics).

Presentations:
Mannava S, Wiggins WF*, Callahan MF, Smith TL, Koman LA, Tuohy CJ. (2010) Innovations in tendon surgery: the neural contribution to surgical manipulation of the muscle-tendon unit. North Carolina Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. Symposium.
*Presenting author

Wiggins WF, Huitt TW, Graef JD, Godwin DW. (2010) The effect of T-type calcium channel inhibition on ethanol withdrawal-related sleep disruption. WNCSfN Annual Research Day. Poster.

Wiggins WF, Klorig DC, Godwin DW. (2011) A biophysically-plausible model of channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) implemented in the NEURON simulation environment. WNCSfN Annual Research Day. Poster.

Publications:
As of 2/24/2014, I have published 6 peer-reviewed publications, I have one manuscript accepted in-press and one manuscript in preparation for submission.

Link to my publications in PubMed

Honors and Awards:
Cum Laude, 2007, Davidson College
NIH Intramural Fellowship - Medical Student Research Training Program, 2008, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Tuition Scholarship, 2009-2010, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for MD/PhD Predoctoral Fellows (F30), 2010-present, NIH/NIAAA
Dean's Scholarship for Joint-Degree Students, 2012-present, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Professional Society Memberships:
Society for Neuroscience
American Medical Association - Student Section

Interests & Hobbies:
Reading, running, weight training, golf, tennis, alpine skiing, waterskiing, sailing, hiking and other outdoor activities, music, etc.

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