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Snyder wins American Heart Association's prestigious Katz Award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine researcher's
work on the molecular mechanisms of hypertension has garnered him the leading
award given to a young scientist in cardiovascular medicine and research
by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Dr. Peter M. Snyder, UI assistant professor of internal medicine, was
named this year's winner of the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science
Research Prize for Young Investigators at the AHA's 71st annual Scientific
Sessions Nov. 8-11 in Dallas.
Five finalists for the award were selected based on manuscript submissions
and asked to give presentations at the AHA sessions. Snyder was chosen
over finalists from Baylor University, Harvard University, the University
of Cincinnati and the University of Pennsylvania.
"I am very grateful to have been named the recipient of this award,"
Snyder said. "Hypertension is an extremely common disease and often
a cause of stroke and heart attack. However, little is known about the
cause of hypertension in a vast majority of patients. Thus, my goal is
to learn more about the underlying causes of hypertension, which could
lead to better treatments."
"Dr. Snyder's research provides new insights into how blood pressure
is regulated, as well as the basic causes of hypertension," said Dr.
Donald Heistad, UI professor of internal medicine and pharmacology and
director of the department's division of cardiovascular diseases. "Winning
the Katz Award from the AHA underscores the beautiful work Pete is doing.
He is a superb young investigator."
Snyder's research is supported by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
and the National Institutes of Health. A Cedar Rapids native, Snyder received
his medical degree at the UI in 1989. He completed his residency in internal
medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Snyder returned
to the UI as a cardiology fellow from 1992-1996 and did his research training
with Dr. Michael Welsh, UI professor of internal medicine, where Snyder's
project was initiated. He joined the college's faculty in July 1996.