American Heart Association research prize goes to New York scientist

November 09, 2015 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings

ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 9 — The American Heart Association awarded its Basic Research Prize for 2015 to Glenn I. Fishman, M.D., of New York University School of Medicine for acclaimed discoveries of molecular defects associated with heart rhythm disorders and other cardiovascular diseases.

Fishman received the prize during opening ceremonies of the AHA Scientific Sessions 2015 at the Orlando convention center. Association President Mark Creager M.D., of Lebanon, New Hampshire, made the presentation of a citation and $5,000 honorarium for outstanding achievement in basic cardiovascular disease science.

AHA’s President said, “Dr. Fishman has gained an enviable international reputation for ground-breaking research into the molecular pathogenesis of diseases afflicting the heart, especially those causing cardiac rhythm disorders, both inherited and acquired. His ground-breaking studies have yielded invaluable fundamental information and have the potential to point medical science toward clinically useful answers to sources of disease, especially those causing arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.”

Among Fishman’s provocative advances has been the creation of genetically engineered animal models of cardiovascular disease, Creager said. “These models enable the scientist and his colleagues to explore the abnormalities producing heartbeat irregularities and experiment with exotic techniques to overcome them.”

Fishman is Director of the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology, the William Goldring Professor of Medicine, and Vice-Chair of Research at the New York University Medical School. He also holds professorships of Physiology and Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

“Progress toward attaining the worthy goals of medical research almost invariably begins at the basic scientist’s workbench,” Creager noted. “Few such incubators of enlightenment have been more productive in the fight against cardiovascular disease than the fertile laboratory of Dr. Glenn Fishman.”

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