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The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, has funded more than $4 billion in cardiovascular research since 1949.


“The goal of the merit award program is to support visionary leaders who are undertaking high-risk projects whose outcomes could revolutionize the treatment for cardiovascular disease in the era of precision medicine,” said Ivor Benjamin, M.D., president-elect of the American Heart Association and professor and director of the Cardiovascular Center at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin.


Dr. Michelle A Albert is being recognized for her study of focused on the overarching theme of “the biology of adversity”, a non-traditional area in cardiovascular research where data are sparse.


“The American Heart Association’s Merit Award will help facilitate a targeted obesity intervention focused on social determinants of health using a pragmatic public health approach in collaboration with the YMCA-San Francisco. We are interested in answering important, clinically relevant patient centered questions and are focused on obesity and adversity among socially disadvantaged persons,” said Albert.




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The American Heart Association (AHA) announced the 2018 recipient of the Merit Awards:

Michelle A Albert MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division and Director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center) at the UCSF, has received 1 million dollars from the AHA.