The American Heart Association has presented the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award to Jinying Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Emory University School of Medicine.
The award recognizes excellence in research by an investigator in training and encourages continued biomedical research careers broadly related to cardiovascular function and diseases, including basic science, integrated physiology and clinical problems. Dr. Zhao received the award from the association's Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and was honored for her presentation at the association's annual Scientific Sessions, held in Chicago this past November.
"All of the reviewers were impressed with Dr. Zhao's poise and knowledge of her work," said Philip Greenland, M.D., Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and program chair for the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. "This is promising new information that could lead to new understanding of the genetics of cardiovascular disease."
At Emory, Dr. Zhao is part of EPICORE (Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology) - a unit of the Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. It is a multidisciplinary research group concentrating on clinical and population epidemiology, outcomes research, clinical trials and translational research in cardiovascular diseases and related disciplines.
Dr. Zhao received a doctor of medicine degree in 1989 from Henan Medical University in Zhengzhou, China. She has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston and a Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China. A member of the American Society of Human Genetics, she has published more than 25 research articles.
The association's Council on Epidemiology and Prevention gives the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award annually to one of five finalists who submit an abstract to Scientific Sessions. Panels of distinguished researchers, scientists, nurses, clinicians and academicians representing the breadth of cardiovascular disease and stroke judge the applications on the scientific merit of the abstract; quality and originality of the manuscript; professional accomplishments of the applicant; and the applicant's oral abstract presentation at Scientific Sessions.