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Release:  Nov. 2, 1999

Hill wins AstraZeneca’s Cardiovascular Young Investigator award

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 year’s 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 Hill’s 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 team’s 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 Women’s Hospital in Boston. Hill was an instructor in medicine at Harvard before joining the UI as an assistant professor in July 1997.

Hill’s 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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