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Release: Nov. 8, 1999
Physician-researchers Adams, Heistad get Heart Association
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa Health Care
physicians have received special recognition from the American Heart Association
for their research on stroke and heart disease.
The honored physician-researchers are Harold P. Adams,
M.D., professor of neurology, and Donald D. Heistad, M.D., UI Foundation Distinguished
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology.
Heistad received his award at a ceremony held Nov.
8 during the association's 72nd Scientific Sessions in Atlanta, Ga. Adams
did not attend the event.
"We are delighted the American Heart Association has
chosen to recognize the significant contributions of our UI physician-researchers
to their areas of expertise," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College
of Medicine. "Harold Adams and Don Heistad have helped advance the understanding
and treatment of stroke and cardiovascular disease, respectively."
Adams, who is director of the UI department of neurology's
Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases, received the American Heart Association
Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award. The award recognizes
individuals who have made major contributions to the association and professional
contributions to their area of expertise. Adams is a past chairman of the
association's Stroke Council and is current chairman of the American Stroke
Association's Advisory Committee. The stroke association is part of the American
Adams has revised guidelines for developing medical
and scientific statements about stroke and led the American Heart Association's
effort to collaborate with the American Academy of Neurology on joint guidelines
for acute stroke treatment. He has been a UI faculty member since 1976 and
has been involved with the American Heart Association since 1978. In 1997
he received the association's Award of Meritorious Achievement.
Heistad, who is director of the UI department of internal
medicine's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, received the American Heart
Association Council on Circulation George E. Brown Memorial Lectureship, which
honors the memory of the former section chief in the Mayo
Clinic Division of Medicine. Brown helped create the association's
Section for the Study of Peripheral Circulation (now the Council on Basic
A UI faculty member since 1970, Heistad is deputy
director of the UI Cardiovascular Research Center and Richard T. Zahn Professor
of Cardiology. He is also a cardiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center
in Iowa City.
Heistad conducts studies in cardiovascular physiology
and pharmacology. His research team is known internationally for discovering
processes that cause brain blood vessel damage in stroke and how atherosclerosis
affects blood vessels.
As recipient of the George E. Brown lectureship, Heistad
made a presentation on "Gene Transfer to Blood Vessels: What's the Buzz?"
Researchers seek to use gene transfer to blood vessels to study vascular biology
and eventually to treat diseases and clinical problems that are resistant
to standard approaches. Heistad described several applications under investigation
at the UI.
Heistad's previous American Heart Association awards
include the Novartis (formerly CIBA) Award from the Council for High Blood
Pressure Research and the Irving S. Wright Award of the Stroke Council.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: University of Iowa Health Care
physician-researcher François Abboud, M.D., has also received a major
award from the American Heart Association. A separate news release dated Nov.
8, 1999, details his award.)
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