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HOPKINS’ HEART SPECIALIST RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

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October 10, 2006

HOPKINS’ HEART SPECIALIST RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

MarbanJohns Hopkins’ chief of cardiology, Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., has won the prestigious Gill Heart Institute Award for his contributions to understanding the scientific basis of cardiac arrhythmias, a major cause of death and illness worldwide.  The annual award, to be presented at a ceremony at the University of Kentucky’s Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute on Oct. 13, recognizes U.S. researchers in the prime of their careers and comes with a $20,000 cash prize.

“This is a tremendous honor,” says Marbán, the Michel Mirowski, M.D., Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of its Reynolds Center and Institute of Molecular Cardiobiology.  “The Gill Award has been received by the most prominent leaders in American cardiology, and I feel privileged to be recognized in this manner.”

At Hopkins’ Heart Institute, Marbán’s research has focused on treatments for cardiac rhythm disturbances and the weakened pumping that mark heart failure.  His lab has also advanced gene therapy for arrhythmia, and drug treatments for heart disease and stroke.  Marbán will soon lead a national research initiative at Hopkins to explore the uses of adult stem cells for the treatment of heart attack, and in 2006 his team at Hopkins began a major international study to identify the genetic causes of sudden cardiac death.

Marbán also is editor in chief of Circulation Research, the world’s leading journal of cardiovascular investigation.

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