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International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences Elects Three from UC

Published July 2003

Three faculty members from the UC College of Medicine were elected to serve with the finest heart health professionals from 37 countries as fellows of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS). This international academy elects fellows with outstanding achievements in cardiovascular education and research that have made significant contributions to the health of people around the world. Arnold Schwartz, PhD, D. Sci., FACC; Nicholas Sperelakis, Sr., PhD; and Evangelina (Litsa) Kranias, PhD, were elected to this elite group because their research efforts at UC contributed significantly to the understanding of heart disease, which remains the world's number one killer.

Dr. Schwartz, professor and director of the Institute of Molecular Pharmacology and Biophysics at UC, and Distinguished University Professor, was the first to demonstrate how digitalis, which is used to treat heart failure, binds to its receptor and how it works. The drug-receptor binding was the first, and for this he won the prestigious Otto Krayer Award in Pharmacology and The Ariens Receptor Award.

Dr. Sperelakis is professor emeritus of molecular and cellular physiology at UC, regional editor of Current Drug Targets, and has edited several books on the molecular physiology of the cardiovascular system. The focus of much of Dr. Sperelakis' research was on the regulation of ion channels of the heart and vascular smooth muscle.

Dr. Kranias is a professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics at UC, associate editor of the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, editorial board member of several scientific journals, member of major National Institutes of Health advisory councils, and her research on the critical role of phospholamban in cardiac function has paved the way for the development of new therapeutic targets in heart failure.

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