William T. Talman
William T. Talman is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the University of Iowa. After receiving a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and an M.D. from the University of Virginia, he did residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and in Neurology at Cornell University Medical College where he trained under Donald Reis and served on faculty until moving to Iowa in 1983. Dr. Talman’s research focuses on physiology of central cardiovascular control. He has shown that central neurochemical disturbances predispose to hypertensive responses to stimuli, that glutamate may be a neurotransmitter released by baroreceptor nerves, that disturbed glutamate transmission alters cardiovascular regulation, and that glutamate transmission is linked with nitric oxide. He has shown a vital role for astroglia in CNS autonomic regulation. His basic research complements his clinical work in autonomic dysfunction for which he has long been listed among Best Doctors in America. He has served as President of FASEB, President of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience and Councilor for the American Physiological Society. He has served on numerous FASEB and APS committees, was the founding chair of the FASEB Animal Issues Committee and served as FASEB’s representative to the AAALAC Board. He helped organize the FASEB Translational Research Symposium and Summit on Animal Rights Extremism. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NABR, is Associate Editor for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology and has served on other editorial boards as well as NIH, VA, NSF, and AHA scientific review panels. He publishes blogs on science policy in the Huffington Post, continues to advocate to elected leadership and promotes advocacy through lectures to biomedical scientists.