WRITER: JESSIE ROLPH
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 10, 2002
Heistad to receive award for cardiovascular research
Heistad, M.D., the Zahn Professor of Cardiology and director of the cardiovascular
diseases division in the University of Iowa department of internal medicine,
will receive the Scientific Council's Distinguished Achievement Award from
the American Heart Association in November.
The award is presented to Scientific Council members who have made significant
contributions in cardiovascular medicine and to the work of the American Heart
Association. The award will be presented during the Scientific Councils
annual business meeting in Chicago, part of the 75th Scientific Sessions.
"I'm honored to receive this award because the American Heart Association
is a great organization which is very important in the lives of many of us,"
Although the award was given to Heistad, he noted that the award recognizes
the work of a group of UI investigators, including Frank Faraci, Ph.D., professor
of internal medicine, Yi Chu, Ph.D., research scientist in internal medicine
and Steve Lentz, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in internal medicine and
a researcher and staff physician at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical
Heistad is a UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine
and also holds an academic appointment in pharmacology. He is a researcher
and staff physician at the Iowa City VAMC and editor-in-chief of the journal
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Heistad is known for his research in cerebral circulation, gene therapy
to prevent blood vessel damage, and the effects of atherosclerosis (hardening
of the arteries), hypertension and diabetes on blood vessels.
A 1963 graduate of the University of Chicago, Heistad remained at the university
to complete his internship and residency. He first came to the UI in 1966
as a cardiovascular trainee and went on to work as a research internist with
the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Heistad joined
the UI faculty in 1970.
Heistads recent awards include the 1999 Carl J. Wiggers Award from
the American Physiological Society, the 2001 Eugene M. Landis Award from the
Microcirculatory Society, and the 2001 Research Achievement Award from the
American Heart Association.
The 13 American Heart Association Scientific Councils include more than
31,000 volunteer professionals who work to battle heart disease through research
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