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Dzau receives AHA award for research

Dr. Victor Dzau was honored Sunday with the American Heart Association’s 2010 Research Achievement Award.

Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, was recognized for his “monumental contributions to knowledge of intricate disease processes affecting the heart and blood vessels, insightful discoveries that are positively impacting the health of millions.”

The award recognizes his lifetime achievements in the field. Dzau’s laboratory has investigated the molecular and genetic mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and developed therapeutic approaches based on applied genomic and gene transfer technologies, according to a Duke news release.

“I am honored to receive this award and join the distinguished list of cardiovascular researchers who have been recognized by the AHA for their contributions to the field,” Dzau said in the release. “I’ve dedicated more than three decades to pursue my passion for research and look forward to continuing to work toward the development of novel approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and, ultimately, relieve the immense burden of this disease on our society.”

Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz, also a Duke researcher, won the award last year. Lefkowitz is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Duke University Medical Center. He was recognized for his “transformative discoveries of cellular receptors, seminal findings that have created a cascade of biomedical innovation leading to more effective treatments for human disease,” according to the release.


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