Richard Wainford, an Assistant Professor at Boston University, fulfills a number of obligations for the school. Beyond teaching students through the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, part of the School of Medicine, Wainford acts as the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute Seminar Coordinator, and he oversees PhD candidate dissertations. Richard Wainford also performs a considerable amount of research as part of his position; at present, he is studying blood pressure regulation through a grant provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. In addition, he recently received $20,000 from Data Sciences International and the American Physiological Society to investigate in-vivo physiological functions. Aside from these responsibilities, Richard Wainford continues to advance his field by serving as a Reviewer for a host of professional publications, among them Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Medical Science Monitor, and Current Medicinal Chemistry. He has published his own research in Endocrinology, the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, and other journals.Richard Wainford frequently travels to symposiums and educational institutions in the United States and abroad to deliver lectures to his peers. Recently, he spoke at University College Cork in Ireland and at a meeting of the Physiology Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. He also shared his insights with members of the American Society of Hypertension and the American Heart Association. Richard Wainford holds a BS from the University of Wales and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen. In addition, he undertook a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He has received many honors over the span of his career, including the Dean Franklin Young Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society.



1Rizzi A, Spagnolo B, Wainford RD, Fischetti C, Guerrini R, Marzola G, Baldisserotto A, Salvadori S, Regoli D, Kapusta DR, Calo G. In vitro and in vivo studies on UFP-112, a novel potent and long lasting agonist selective for the nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor. Peptides. 2007 Jun;28(6):1240-51. PMID: 17532097.

2Wainford RD, Kurtz K, Kapusta DR.Central G-alpha subunit protein-mediated control of cardiovascular function, urine output, and vasopressin secretion in conscious Sprague-Dawley rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2008 Aug;295(2):R535-42. PMID: 18525017.

3Wainford RD, Weaver RJ, Stewart KN, Brown P, Hawksworth GM. Cisplatin nephrotoxicity is mediated by gamma glutamytranspeptidase, not via a C-S lyase governed biotransformation pathway. Toxicology. 2008 Jul 30;249(2-3):184-92. PMID:18583013.

4Wainford RD, Kapusta DR. Chronic high-NaCl intake prolongs the cardiorenal responses to central N/OFQ and produces regional changes in the endogenous brain NOP receptor system. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2009 Feb;296(2):R280-8. PMID: 18987291.

5Wainford RD, Weaver RJ, Hawksworth GM. The immediate early genes, c-fos, c-jun and AP-1, are early markers of platinum analogue toxicity in human proximal tubular cell primary cultures. Toxicol In Vitro. 2009 Aug;23(5):780-8. PMID: 19383537.

6Wainford RD, Kapusta DR. Hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus G alpha q subunit protein pathways mediate vasopressin dysregulation and fluid retention in salt-sensitive rats. Endocrinology. 2010 Nov;151(11):5403-14. PMID: 20861238.

7Wainford RD, Kapusta DR. Functional selectivity of central Gα-subunit proteins in mediating the cardiovascular and renal excretory responses evoked by central α(2)-adrenoceptor activation in vivo. Br J Pharmacol. 2012 May; 166(1):210-220. PMID: 21895632.

8Tadashi, TK, Sukinov S, Wainford RD, Kapusta DR, Delafontaine P. Angiotensin

II reduces food intake by altering orexigenic neuropeptide expression in the mouse hypothalamus. Endocrinology. 2012 Mar; 153(3):1411-20. PMID: 22234465.

9            9              Kapusta DR, Pascale CL, Wainford RD. Brain heterotrimeric Gαi2-subunit  protein-gated pathways      mediate central sympathoinhibition to maintain fluid and electrolyte homeostasis during stress. FASEB Journal. 2012. Mar 29 Epub. PMID: 22459149.

10. Kapusta DR, Pascale CL, Kuwabara JT, Wainford RD. CNS Gαi2–Subunit Proteins Maintain Salt-resistance Via a Renal Nerve Dependent Sympathoinhibitory Pathway. Hypertension. 2013. Feb; 61(2): 368-375. PMID 23213191

11. Wainford RD, Kuwabara JT, Pascale CL.Brain Gαi2 proteins participate in the natriuretic and sympathoinhibitory responses evoked by a non-pressor isovolumetric sodium load. Journal of Hypertension. In Press.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2011 - Present

Assistant Professor

Boston University School of Medicine

Responsibilities:Research, teaching, administration.

Awards: 2012 The American Physiological Society Dean Franklin Young Investigator Award, 2012 Accepted to NIH Center for Scientific Review Early Career Reviewer Program, 2012 Visiting Academic Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 2012Elected Fellow of the American Heart Association, 2012Best Poster Presentation Award at the 2012 New Investigators Symposium, International Society of Hypertension Meeting, Sydney Australia, 2012International Society of Hypertension New Investigator of the Month

Oct 2010 - Oct 2011

Assistant Professor

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Responsibilities:Research, teaching, administration.

Awards: 2011 Nominated for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Outstanding Accomplishments by a Young Faculty Member Award, 2011 The American Physiological Society Research Career Enhancement Award, 2011 International Society of Hypertension Best Poster Presentation Award at the 2011 AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Annual Research Meeting Research Grants Awarded 2011 - 2016

Jun 2008 - Oct 2010


Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Details:Faculty member at LSUHSC New Orleans. Conducted medical research to establish own research program.

Responsibilities:Research, teaching, administration.

Achievements:Awards: 2008 Louisiana State University Health Science Neuroscience Center of Excellence Travel Award in recognition of an outstanding poster presentation at the 20th Annual Neuroscience Retreat, 2008 The American Physiological Society Donald Reis Research Recognition Award Sponsored by the Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) and Cardiovascular Sections, 2008 Jackson Cardiovascular-Renal Meeting New Investigator Travel Award, 2010 Nominated for the Louisiana State University School of Medicine Aesculapian Society Excellence in Teaching Award for Junior Faculty 2010


Oct 1999 - May 2004


University of Aberdeen

Awards: 2001 British Toxicology Society Travel Award, 2002 International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics Travel Award, 2002 University of Aberdeen Small Grants Fund Recipient, 2003 British Toxicology Society Travel Award, 2003 British Toxicology Society Best Student Oral Communication Award

Sep 1996 - May 2004


University of Wales