University of Kentucky researcher wins American Heart Association award

05/03/05

Physician scientist recieves Young Investigator Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2005) - University of Kentucky researcher Dr. Dennis Bruemmer received the prestigious 2005 Irvine Page Award for Young Investigators at last week's meeting of the American Heart Association in Washington, D.C.

Bruemmer, assistant professor of endocrinology and molecular medicine, UK College of Medicine, is also a faculty member of the UK Gill Heart Institute Cardiovasular Research Center. He came to UK from a faculty position at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and attended medical school at University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany. Bruemmer has won several national research awards, and serves on peer review committees including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Progression of Cardiovascular Disease in Type I Diabetes Grant Review Panel. He has published over 60 articles, book chapters and abstracts.

"Dr. Bruemmer exemplifies what we are about at the UK Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Reseach Center innovative science performed by excellent researchers. We are very pleased to see one of our young physician scientists win this prestigious award," said Alan Daughtery, UK Gill Heart Institute Associate Chair of Medicine for Physician Scientist Training, Gill Foundation Chair in Preventive Cardiology, and professor of medicine and physiology, UK College of Medicine.

Competition for the Irvine Page Award is open to new investigators in arterioscleroris and vascular biology. New investigators are defined as those who have been active in a research environment for no more than five years since completing a graduate degree. The award program seeks to recognize researchers, still in the formative stages of their careers, who show the potential to be future leaders in the field of cardiovascular reasearch.

The UK Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute provides a central focus for cardiovascular disease care, including clinics; non-invasive cardiac diagnostics; invasive cardiac techniques such as cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and electrophysiology; a base for the physicians providing this care and a special focus on counseling cardiac patients and their families. The clinical programs of the institute target the high rate of heart disease prevalent in Kentucky, while the research and teaching programs work to advance cardiovascular care throughout the world.

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