Two UT Southwestern researchers honored by American Heart Association

November 16, 2005

DALLAS - Nov. 15, 2005 - A UT Southwestern professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics, Dr. Helen Hobbs, has received the American Heart Association's Clinical Research Prize. The annual award, announced Sunday, recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of clinical cardiovascular research. In addition, Dr. Scott Grundy, director of UT Southwestern's Center for Human Nutrition, was one of six physicians chosen as an AHA Distinguished Scientist this year.

Dr. Hobbs directs the Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center, which includes the Dallas Heart Study, a multiyear, multimillion dollar project aimed at learning more about the hidden causes of heart disease and finding new treatments. She also directs the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and is an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UT Southwestern, She credits her four years spent as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of UT Southwestern Nobel laureates Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Joseph Goldstein for providing her with the scientific foundation to embark on an independent research career. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Hobbs said the promise of translational research - researchers transferring scientific discoveries quickly from the lab to patients in the clinic - has never been greater.

"The sequencing of the human genome, the development of new imaging methodologies, and the emergence of biomedicine as a pre-eminent science have converged to make it an ideal time for the clinical scientist," she said. "This recognition from the American Heart Association is a tremendous honor."

Dr. Hobbs is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and holds the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair for the Study of Human Growth and Development and the Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiology Research.

The designation of "Distinguished Scientist" was created in 2003 to honor AHA members whose work has advanced the understanding of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Dr. Grundy, chairman of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern, said, "Each year the AHA selects a small group of people they call 'Distinguished Scientists' who have a lifetime of achievement in cardiovascular research. It is a great honor to be selected as a distinguished scientist, and I am very pleased."

A professor of internal medicine, Dr. Grundy's major areas of research include nutrition and cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism. He has published more than 300 original papers and numerous solicited articles and chapters.

Dr. Grundy is a member of the Institute of Medicine and holds the Distinguished Chair in Human Nutrition. He received the American Heart Association's Award of Merit in 1983 and was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. In addition to chairing a number of AHA committees, Dr. Grundy headed the National Cholesterol Adult Treatment Panels II and III, made up of the nation's top cholesterol experts who set national guidelines in 1993 and 2001 for controlling cholesterol to prevent coronary heart disease.
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