Dr. Alpern has performed research in the area of epithelial physiology, focusing on the mechanisms and regulation of acid transport. He received his MD degree from the University of Chicago and then trained in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian. Following postdoctoral training in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, Alpern joined the faculty at UCSF, then moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as Chief of Nephrology and later Dean of the medical school. He is now Dean of Yale School of Medicine and Ensign Professor.
Dr. Steven C. Hebert is the C.N.H. Long Professor of Physiology and Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology. Dr Hebert’s research interests include salt and mineral metabolism, especially calcium and magnesium homeostasis, the renal handling of potassium, the diuretic-sensitive Na/K/Cl cotransporters and epithelial salt and water transport. Dr Hebert cloned and characterized the calcium-sensing receptor, the renal potassium secretory channel, ROMK, the thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter and the loop diuretic-sensitive Na-K-2Cl cotransporter. Dr Hebert has served on the faculty of the University of Alabama, the University of Texas, Harvard Medical School-Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical School. Dr. Hebert was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. Amongst several awards, Dr Hebert has received the Carl W. Gottschalk Award from the American Physiological Society and the Homer W. Smith Award from the American Society of Nephrology and New York Heart Association and the A.N. Richard’s Award of the International Society of Nephrology. Dr Hebert has been editor, or on the editorial boards, of numerous physiology, membrane biology and renal-related journals. He is the author of over 260 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, book chapters and books.