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Release: Sept. 18, 2001
Heistad receives prestigious research award from the American Heart Association
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Donald Heistad, M.D., the Zahn Professor of Cardiology
and director of the Cardiovascular Disease Division in the University of Iowa
department of internal medicine, has received the prestigious Research Achievement
Award from the American Heart Association. This award has been given annually
since 1953 in recognition of distinguished scientific achievement in the field
of cardiovascular research.
Heistad has received international recognition for his studies of cerebral
circulation, vascular biology of atherosclerosis and gene transfer to blood
vessels. His studies of gene therapy have been described as a "new era
in cardiovascular gene therapy."
Heistad, who also holds an academic appointment in the UI department of
pharmacology, received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in
1963, where he also completed his internship and residency. He came to the
UI in 1966 as a cardiovascular trainee and left to become a research internist
with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Heistad returned
to the UI and became a faculty member in 1970. Heistad currently serves as
deputy director of the Cardiovascular Research Center and is a UI Foundation
"I was thrilled to receive this award because it is great recognition
for the university and an opportunity for me to thank a lot of people,"
Heistad said. "It also gives me a chance to reflect on a most rewarding
career at the University of Iowa."
The award will be presented in November at the opening meeting of Scientific
Sessions 2001 in Anaheim, Calif. David Faxon, M.D., President of the American
Heart Association, will present the award.
Heistad is not the only UI faculty member to receive the Research Achievement
Award. In 1999, Francois M. Abboud, M.D., the Edith King Pearson Professor
and Head of the UI department of internal medicine and director of the UI
Cardiovascular Research Center, received the award.
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