AHA Clinical Research Prize goes to Ohio scientist for leading trials that provide more effective treatment of hypertension

November 09, 2015 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings

ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 9 – The American Heart Association awarded its Clinical Research Prize for 2015 to Jackson T. Wright Jr., M.D., Ph.D., of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, “for his long and illustrious career in clinical research and education in hypertension.”

Wright received the prize during opening ceremonies of the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2015 at the Orlando convention center. Association President Mark Creager, M.D., presented the prize, a citation and $5,000 honorarium, for outstanding achievement in clinical cardiovascular science.

In presenting the AHA prize, Creager praised the Ohio investigator “for his leadership roles in most major clinical trials in black populations over the last two and a half decades – studies that significantly advanced the knowledge base for more effective treatment of high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.” 

“Dr. Wright is being honored for leading the excellent clinical hypertension research program at University Hospitals in Case Medical Center and for providing dynamic direction of the clinical trials that expanded our ability to deal with the continuing health challenges of high blood pressure, which disproportionately burdens the African-American population,” AHA’s President said.

The Cleveland investigator is Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve USM, Program Director of the W.T. Dahms M.D. Clinical Research Unit, and Director of the Clinical Hypertension Program at University Hospitals in Case Medical Center. His primary research interest is in the clinical pharmacology of anti-hypertensive and cholesterol-lowering agents. A major focus of his work has been equity in health outcomes with all population groups represented and enjoying results equally.

“Clearly, Jackson Wright is a pillar of clinical research in hypertension, with a long and distinguished record both in producing solid evidence for optimal treatment of high blood pressure and in developing guidelines to implement this evidence,” Creager said. “Patients around the world are enjoying life-saving benefits from his efforts.”

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