The Mid-Career Investigator Research Scholarship award is newly established by the International Society
for Heart Research North American section to recognize outstanding original research in the field of
cardiovascular sciences by mid-career investigators. She presented her work at the North American Section meeting in Denver, CO.
Dr. Alcaide is an ASIP Women in Pathology Leader and council member. She is the Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Professor at Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her research lab combines the areas of immunology, vascular biology and cardiac physiology to study several aspects of adaptive immunity in diverse inflammatory settings, with a particular focus in the heart in the context of heart failure. The over-arching goal in the lab is to better understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that take place during T lymphocyte trafficking to sites of inflammation, the lymphocyte effects in tissue resident cells, and how those can potentially be targeted in therapeutically useful ways. The lab combines in vitro flow systems and real time videomicroscopy to study the mechanisms regulating T cell-endothelial cell interactions, and several in vivo mouse models of T cell mediated acute and chronic inflammation, including experimental models of autoimmunity, and heart failure.