Heart Researchers Honored

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2008) − Two University of Kentucky cardiovascular researchers were honored for their work in a special presentation by the Council of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions taking place this week in New Orleans.

Alan Daugherty, director of the UK Cardiovascular Research Center, received the council’s highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award, for his substantial professional contributions to the field of cardiovascular research.

Daugherty is the immediate past chairman of the council and the Gill Foundation chair in preventive cardiology at UK. He is also a UK College of Medicine professor of medicine and physiology and associate chair of medicine for physician scientist training.

Dr. Susan Smyth, a cardiologist at the UK Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute and researcher at the UK Cardiovascular Research Center, received one of two special recognition awards for her work in the study of thrombosis, or blood clots. Dr. Smyth is also an associate professor in the UK College of Medicine and a cardiologist at the VA Medical Center.

“The University of Kentucky is a strong and invaluable ally of ours in the fight against heart disease, and within the university, Dr. Alan Daugherty and Dr. Susan Smyth are true leaders,” said Joey Maggard, executive director of the Central Kentucky American Heart Association. “As researchers and as American Heart Association supporters, they are exactly the type of professionals the Distinguished Achievement Award was created to recognize.”

The Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology is one of the largest AHA councils and covers the investigation of diseases that are responsible for the vast majority of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke.

The council advances and coordinates research, addresses prevention, improves methods for diagnosis and treatment, and works actively with other organizations concerned with these problems. The council disseminates information related to these fields through its annual conference, many awards and lectures, and the Journal on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.