For the Record: Heart Specialist Receives Prestigious
By David March
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Eduardo Marban, chief of
Cardiology at Johns Hopkins, 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, presented to Marban Oct. 13 at a ceremony at the
University of Kentucky's Linda and Jack Gill Heart
Institute, recognizes U.S. researchers in the prime of
their careers and comes with a $20,000 cash prize.
"This is a tremendous honor," said Marban, the Michel
Mirowski, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the 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
At Johns Hopkins'
Heart Institute, Marban's research has focused on
treatments for cardiac rhythm disturbances and the weakened
pumping that mark heart failure. His lab also has advanced
gene therapy for arrhythmia and drug treatments for heart
disease and stroke. Marban 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.
Marban also is editor in chief of Circulation
Research, the world's leading journal of cardiovascular
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