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Snyder wins American Heart Association's prestigious Katz Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine researcher's work on the molecular mechanisms of hypertension has garnered him the leading award given to a young scientist in cardiovascular medicine and research by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Dr. Peter M. Snyder, UI assistant professor of internal medicine, was named this year's winner of the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators at the AHA's 71st annual Scientific Sessions Nov. 8-11 in Dallas.

Five finalists for the award were selected based on manuscript submissions and asked to give presentations at the AHA sessions. Snyder was chosen over finalists from Baylor University, Harvard University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pennsylvania.

"I am very grateful to have been named the recipient of this award," Snyder said. "Hypertension is an extremely common disease and often a cause of stroke and heart attack. However, little is known about the cause of hypertension in a vast majority of patients. Thus, my goal is to learn more about the underlying causes of hypertension, which could lead to better treatments."

"Dr. Snyder's research provides new insights into how blood pressure is regulated, as well as the basic causes of hypertension," said Dr. Donald Heistad, UI professor of internal medicine and pharmacology and director of the department's division of cardiovascular diseases. "Winning the Katz Award from the AHA underscores the beautiful work Pete is doing. He is a superb young investigator."

Snyder's research is supported by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and the National Institutes of Health. A Cedar Rapids native, Snyder received his medical degree at the UI in 1989. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Snyder returned to the UI as a cardiology fellow from 1992-1996 and did his research training with Dr. Michael Welsh, UI professor of internal medicine, where Snyder's project was initiated. He joined the college's faculty in July 1996.