North Carolina scientist awarded American Heart Association prize for findings of artery wall predictors of cardiovascular disease risk

November 09, 2015 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings

ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 9 – The American Heart Association awarded its Population Research Prize for 2015 to Gregory L. Burke, M.D., of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, “for his leadership of high-caliber epidemiology research including provocative new findings that show measures of coronary artery calcification and carotid wall thickness are valid predictors of cardiovascular disease risk and prevention in multi-ethnic populations.”

Burke, Professor and Director, Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine, received the prize during opening ceremonies of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 at the Orlando Convention Center. Mark Creager, M.D., President of the Association, presented the prize, a citation and $5,000 honorarium.

“For more than 30 years, Dr. Burke has led population-based research in cardiovascular disease, and his accomplishments place him at the forefront of life-saving scientific inquiry,” Creager said in presenting the award. “Dr. Burke has been principal investigator or co-investigator of numerous significant epidemiology studies and he has established himself as a national leader in the design and direction of population-based trials of clinical and sub-clinical cardiovascular disease, especially in multi-ethnic U.S. populations.” 

Burke’s most significant contributions include one of the first studies to describe risk factors for progression of sub-clinical cardiovascular disease, in particular coronary artery calcification, Creager said. “He has been at the forefront of research showing that non-invasive measures of artery calcification and artery wall thickening can predict CVD risk at the population level and disease prevention in multi-ethnic populations. “This is among the most significant advances in cardiovascular disease epidemiology research in recent decades,” Creager said.  


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