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Release: Oct. 23, 2002

UI pediatrician to receive AHA mentoring award

Ronald Lauer, M.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics, will receive the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award from the American Heart Association in Chicago at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2002 Opening Session in November.

The award, presented by the 13 Scientific Councils of the AHA, honors individuals whose academic careers have included a long-term record (at least 20 to 25 years) of successful mentoring of young academicians. It is named in honor of Eugene Braunwald, a research cardiologist and a mentor of academic cardiologists.

"I am particularly honored to receive the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award," Lauer said. "It is based upon a consistent record of molding the careers of multiple individuals during a continuous academic career. Many of the individuals we've taught here are now mentoring others in a fashion that had its origins at the University of Iowa."

Since Lauer came to the UI in1968, he has developed the pediatric cardiology division in the UI department of pediatrics and has been instrumental in training 40 pediatric cardiologists. Of these, 26 hold academic positions throughout the United States, 12 are in private practice and two work in industrial research.

Lauer is the fourth recipient of the award since its inception in 1999.

Lauer received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and did his residency in Canada, England and New York. He completed his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Lauer also holds an academic appointment in epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health. His research interests include coronary risk factors in youth that are predictive of adult cardiovascular disease.

He began the unique UI Muscatine Heart Study in 1970 that determined blood pressure and cholesterol norms for school-aged children and provided links between child and adult heart health. The study has included more than 20,000 Muscatine, Iowa, residents, making it one of the largest and longest studies of cardiac risk factors for cardiovascular disease in children.

The 13 American Heart Association Scientific Councils include more than 31,000 volunteer professionals who work to battle heart disease through research and education.

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