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Release: April 19, 1999

Heistad to receive award for contributions to cardiovascular research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Donald D. Heistad, M.D., University of Iowa professor of internal medicine, will receive the annual Carl J. Wiggers Award from the American Physiological Society (APS) at the Experimental Biology '99 meetings to be held in Washington, D.C. April 17-21.

Heistad will present the Wiggers Lecture at the meeting, entitled, "Gene Transfer to Blood Vessels: Tool Today, Therapy Tomorrow?"

The award honors Wiggers, a pioneer in cardiovascular physiology. It is presented to a scientist who has made outstanding and lasting contributions to cardiovascular research. Previous awardees include François M. Abboud, M.D., UI Edith King Pearson Professor and head of the department of internal medicine.

Heistad received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and joined the UI faculty in 1970. He has conducted studies in cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology. His research team is internationally known for the discovery of processes that cause damage of brain blood vessels in stroke and in effects of atherosclerosis on blood vessels. Heistad is director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and deputy director of the UI Cardiovascular Research Center.

Founded in 1887, the APS is a national organization devoted to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of scientific information.