WRITER: JESSIE ROLPH
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: Oct. 23, 2002
UI pediatrician to receive AHA mentoring award
Ronald Lauer, M.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics, will receive
the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award from the American Heart Association
in Chicago at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2002 Opening Session in November.
The award, presented by the 13 Scientific Councils of the AHA, honors individuals
whose academic careers have included a long-term record (at least 20 to 25
years) of successful mentoring of young academicians. It is named in honor
of Eugene Braunwald, a research cardiologist and a mentor of academic cardiologists.
"I am particularly honored to receive the Eugene Braunwald Academic
Mentorship Award," Lauer said. "It is based upon a consistent record
of molding the careers of multiple individuals during a continuous academic
career. Many of the individuals we've taught here are now mentoring others
in a fashion that had its origins at the University of Iowa."
Since Lauer came to the UI in1968, he has developed the pediatric cardiology
division in the UI department of pediatrics and has been instrumental in training
40 pediatric cardiologists. Of these, 26 hold academic positions throughout
the United States, 12 are in private practice and two work in industrial research.
Lauer is the fourth recipient of the award since its inception in 1999.
Lauer received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and did
his residency in Canada, England and New York. He completed his fellowship
in pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., Mayo Clinic
in Rochester, Minn. and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Lauer also holds an academic appointment in epidemiology in the UI College
of Public Health. His research interests include coronary risk factors in
youth that are predictive of adult cardiovascular disease.
He began the unique UI Muscatine Heart Study in 1970 that determined blood
pressure and cholesterol norms for school-aged children and provided links
between child and adult heart health. The study has included more than 20,000
Muscatine, Iowa, residents, making it one of the largest and longest studies
of cardiac risk factors for cardiovascular disease in children.
The 13 American Heart Association Scientific Councils include more than
31,000 volunteer professionals who work to battle heart disease through research
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