Today’s investigators, tomorrow’s leaders

Guest blog post by Andrew Fariello, Senior Director, Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular

Stem cells, racial disparities and heart failure readmission rates were some of the areas recently discussed by a group of young researchers determined to change the face of cardiovascular therapy. The venue was the 2010 Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum, a competitive program giving emerging leaders in cardiology and related fields a chance to share their research with peers and industry experts.

Each year, participants, typically junior faculty members and fellows at the nations leading medical schools, submit abstracts of their original work.  Forty abstracts are selected for presentation. The faculty then discusses the research in open meetings at the Forum, selecting the top three presenters in each category. Winners receive grants to support their research and the top presenters also receive the ‘Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award,’ which represents excellence, commitment, and promise in the field.

AstraZeneca has supported this program since its inception 15 years ago because we are committed to cardiovascular disease research and treatment, and recognize the importance of investing in the education and research of the young investigators of the future. We congratulate this year’s winners, listed below, on their impressive work and contributions.

For more information on the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum, I encourage you to check out this year’s call for abstracts

Fellow – Basic Science Research

1st Place: Veli K. Topkara, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
2nd Place: Rajan Jain, M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3rd Place: Reza Ardehali, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
4th Place: Seyed Mohsen Ghanefar, M.D., MPH, Northwestern University

Fellow – Clinical Research

1st Place: Jeffrey L. Hastings, M.S., M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2nd Place: Sachin Gupta, M.D., MSc, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
3rd Place: Mark D. Huffman, M.D., MPH, Northwestern University
4th Place: Justin T. Saunders, M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Junior Faculty – Basic Science Research

1st Place (Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Award): Aarif Y. Khakoo, M.D., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2nd Place: Elizabeth B. Juneman, M.D., SAVAHCS Medical Center
3rd Place: Matthew J. Wolf, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center

Junior Faculty – Clinical Research

1st Place (Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Award): Nehal N. Mehta, M.D., M.S., FACP, FAHA, University of Pennsylvania
2nd Place: Salim S. Virani, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
3rd Place: Jonathan R. Murrow, M.D., Medical College of Georgia

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