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Release: Oct. 22, 2001

UI's Richard Kerber to receive American Heart Association award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Heart Association (AHA) will recognize Richard E. Kerber, M.D., University of Iowa professor of internal medicine and associate director of the UI Division of Cardiology, with its Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award. Kerber will receive the award Nov. 13 at the association's annual scientific sessions in Anaheim, Calif.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to scientific council members who have made significant contributions to scientific knowledge in cardiovascular medicine and to the activities of the councils and the AHA.

The award recognizes Kerber's past service as chair of the AHA Council on Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care and his research in cardiac defibrillation and resuscitation -- the use of electric therapy to treat cardiac arrest, or heart attacks. His recent work has focused on new electrical waveforms for defibrillation and the use of small, portable automatic defibrillators in places such as airports and sports arenas, helping make this form of resuscitation more accessible to the general public.

Last year, Kerber was honored by the American Heart Association as a Year 2000 Honoree of Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). He has just completed his second term as chair of the association's ECC Committee, which develops CPR guidelines. Kerber also received the AHA Award of Meritorious Achievement in 1996.

Kerber has been a UI faculty member since 1971 and has published more than 200 scientific articles.

The Scientific Councils are the scientific and research centers of the AHA and focus on topics such as basic science, clinical cardiology, hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke. Their activities include organizing scientific sessions, selecting research for presentations, advising the association on science and research policy matters.

Visit the American Heart Association online at http://www.americanheart.org/.