American Heart Association awards more than $1 million to UTHealth

Grants fund research on nation's No. 1 and No. 4 health threats

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WHAT:          As part of its continued effort to fund research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke, the American Heart Association will present a check for just over $1 million in grant funding to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in a presentation on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. The grants, given to investigator-initiated career development and knowledge discovery projects, will fund valuable research about the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 health threats.

Accepting the check will be David McPherson, M.D., chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Division of Cardiology at the UTHealth Medical School. Joining him will be multiple researchers whose visionary research will come to life with the help of these grants.

Second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research, the American Heart Association strives to ensure that highly meritorious research and discovery advances its 10-year goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.

WHO:             Amber Baker, Senior Vice President, American Heart Association

                        David McPherson, M.D., UTHealth chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Division of Cardiology Division. UTHealth award recipients include Babie Teng, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular medicine; Vasanthi Jayaraman, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Harry Karmouty-Quintana, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow; Mousheng Wu, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow; Zheng Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Vihang Narkar, Ph.D., assistant professor of metabolic and degenerative disease.

WHEN:          11 a.m. – Noon on Thursday, December 1, 2011

WHERE:      The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 6431 Fannin, Houston TX 77030

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 WHY:        Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases each day — one person every 39 seconds. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined. An American dies from a coronary event about every minute, and someone is stricken by such an event about every 25 seconds. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and stroke-related death occurs about every four minutes.

Deborah Mann Lake
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