- By Jennifer Schutz
Mayo Scientist Receives American Heart Association 2014 Basic Research Prize
ROCHESTER, Minn. —The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded the 2014 Basic Research Prize to Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic. The award, presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago, recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science. Dr. Terzic was commended for pioneering applications of emerging technologies to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
“In the year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, we are particularly proud that one of our own has been recognized with such a prestigious national award,” says Charanjit Rihal, M.D., chair of Mayo's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. “Dr. Terzic has truly advanced the frontiers of medical science. As a pioneer in cardiac regenerative medicine, he and his team have been at the vanguard of health care.”
“As we look into the future, the pandemic of cardiovascular disease will mandate new solutions, indeed disruptive innovations, to address the unmet needs of patients and populations across the globe,” Dr. Terzic said when he accepted the prize. “The unison of fundamental discovery with clinical translation — and ultimately application to populations — will provide a guiding principle for generations to come.”
In more than 500 publications, Dr. Terzic and his team have advanced diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for heart failure. His works include comprehensive efforts in the discovery of genes for dilated cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation, and in defining cardioprotective and cardioregenerative principles and practices. He has recently led efforts in the discovery and development of next-generation regenerative solutions for heart repair. His scientific manuscripts have been cited more than 11,000 times.
Dr. Terzic is the Michael S. and Mary Sue Shannon Family Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Marriott Family Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases Research at Mayo Clinic. He received medical and scientific education at the University of Paris, University of Belgrade and University of Illinois, followed by fellowship training at the French National Institutes of Health, Thomas Jefferson University and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Terzic is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to cardiovascular science and medicine.
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