WRITER: AMY LILLARD
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: Nov. 2, 1999
Hill wins AstraZenecas Cardiovascular Young Investigator
IOWA CITY, Iowa A University of Iowa Health
Care researcher has received a prestigious award from a pharmaceutical company
for his cardiovascular patient-oriented research.
Joseph Hill, M.D., Ph.D., UI assistant professor of
internal medicine and pharmacology, was this years winner of the AstraZeneca
Young Investigator Forum in Cardiovascular Research at a meeting in Banff
Springs, Alberta, Canada, on Oct. 2. The award was given for Hills research
into the electrical disorders in patients with heart disease.
Four finalists were selected for the award from across
the country based on written submissions describing patient-oriented research
projects in cardiology. The finalists, all assistant professors in cardiology,
presented their research before five nationally recognized cardiology faculty
and scientists. Following the presentations, Hill was named the winner.
"I am very delighted to win this award,"
Hill said. "My teams research examines electrical disorders leading
to arrhythmias that develop in patients with heart disease. We try to understand
the underlying mechanisms in hopes of finding ways to correct them."
Hill received his medical and doctoral degrees from
Duke University in 1987. He studied molecular neurobiology in Paris under
a postdoctoral fellowship and then completed a medical residency and a cardiology
clinical fellowship at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. Hill was
an instructor in medicine at Harvard before joining the UI as an assistant
professor in July 1997.
Hills research team includes faculty collaborators
Robin Davisson, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, and
Robert Weiss, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine. The team also
includes lab associates William Kutschke, Mohsen Karimi, Zhengyi Wang, Bridgid
Nolan and Kathy Zimmerman.
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between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.