May 4, 2005

H. Fred Downey, PhD, was recently named a Regents Professor in the integrative physiology department at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

The Regents Professor title, designated by the University of North Texas Board of Regents as the highest title that a UNT System professor can achieve, is awarded to faculty for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Dr. Downey has been at the health science center for 20 years. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in dairy science at the University of Maryland. He earned a doctorate in biophysics at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Downey also serves as vice chairman of the integrative physiology department in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and his research interests include coronary circulation, cardiac function and protective measures for the heart. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for 30 years. Dr. Downey is a co-inventor of five patented devices to improve function of the failing heart.

Prior to his tenure at UNTHSC, Dr. Downey was an assistant professor of physiology at the University of Illinois and an associate professor of physiology at Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Downey is from Maryland. He currently resides in Fort Worth.


Contact: Kay Colley 827-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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