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Sept. 22, 2003

Allyn Mark Will Receive American Heart Association Lifetime Honor

A physician-scientist at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will receive the 2004 Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research. The recipient is Allyn L. Mark, M.D., the Roy J. Carver Professor of Internal Medicine and senior associate dean and associate dean for research and graduate programs at the UI Carver College of Medicine. Mark will receive his award Sept. 24 at the council's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The Page-Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of Irvine Page, M.D., and Alva Bradley, who played a prominent role in 1945 in establishing the National Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research. In 1949, the foundation became the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association. The lifetime achievement award is presented annually to one individual who has at least 25 years of outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension (high blood pressure) and who has served as a role model through service, research and teaching.

Mark received a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from the UI, and he completed housestaff training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and UI Hospitals and Clinics. Following a research fellowship with John W. Eckstein, Mark was appointed to the UI faculty as an assistant professor in 1969 and promoted to professor in 1975. From 1976 to 1995, he served as director of the UI Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. In 1995, he was appointed associate dean for research and graduate programs, and in 2003 he was given the additional appointment as senior associate dean.

Mark is known for creative and influential contributions to understanding the role of the sympathetic nervous system in physiologic and pathologic (diseased) states in humans. From 1991 to 2001, Mark directed the UI Specialized Center of Research on the Genetics of Hypertension. He was editor-in-chief of the American Heart Association journal Hypertension from 1989 to 1993. He also was a Senior Fulbright Scholar from 1983 to 1984 and recipient of the 1994 Merck Sharp and Dohme International Award for Research in Hypertension.

In addition to his research and leadership in hypertension, Mark is noted for his dedication and success in the training and nurturing of young scientists, particularly physician-scientists, for academic and research careers. Twenty-five of his former trainees now have faculty positions and independent research programs in medical schools nationwide and worldwide.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Becky Soglin, Writer, 319-335-6660,

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