University of Calgary

World-renowned cardiovascular expert visits UCalgary

By Andrea Di Ubaldo
Posted January 13, 2009

The Faculty of Medicine is pleased to host Dr. Valentin Fuster, world-renowned cardiovascular expert and winner of the 2008 Libin/Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Prize for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research, this week.

The public lecture titled Cardiovascular disease: A Major Problem for North Americans, A Tsunami for the Developing World will be held at the Libin Theatre at 6:30 pm on Jan. 15, 2009. The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is honoured to have Fuster speak on such a relevant topic affecting millions of people worldwide.

Dr. Valentin FusterDr. Valentin Fuster “The future is promotion of cardiovascular health with early identification of the individual at risk - imaging and genetics will help in such identification,” Fuster says.

“It is a great privilege to have Dr. Fuster speak at this year’s lecture,” says Dr. L. Brent Mitchell, director, Libin Institute. “He is a leader and pioneer in his field and is highly regarded by cardiologists and cardiovascular scientists around the world.”

Fuster, an expert in diagnosing complex congenital heart diseases and performing rare surgeries, is the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is also the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the only cardiologist to receive all four major research awards from the four major cardiovascular organizations: The Distinguished Researcher Award (Interamerican Society of Cardiology, 2005), Andreas Gruntzig Scientific Award (European Society of Cardiology, 1992), Distinguished Scientist (American Heart Association, 2003), and the Distinguished Scientist Award (American College of Cardiology, 1993).

The Libin/AHFMR Prize for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research has been presented three times since the awards inception five years ago to Eugene Braunwald, MD, distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, James T. Willerson, MD, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and president-elect of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and now Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD.

The AHFMR and friends of Dr. Alvin Libin established the annual award in 2004, which recognizes an outstanding international researcher whose work is judged to have had a major impact on the understanding, prevention, recognition or treatment of cardiovascular disease or the understanding and promotion of cardiovascular health. Each recipient of the Libin/AHFMR prize is invited to lecture to the public at the University of Calgary.

“Each year this lecture educates the public on cardiovascular health,” Mitchell says. “We take pride in the fact that we are disseminating first-class, international research findings.”

More information on the 2009 Public Lecture