Svati Shah receives American Heart Association Award

DMPI faculty member and Duke Cardiologist Dr. Svati Shah received the American Heart Association’s 2015 Functional Genomics and Epidemiology Mid-Career Research Award at the recent AHA meeting in Orlando Florida. The award and lecture is presented to recognize a scientist that has made a lasting impact in epidemiology and functional genomics and translational biology. Dr. Shah’s lecture Metabolomics in Cardiometabolic Diseases:  Form and Function was delivered on November 8th at the meeting.

The mission of the American Heart Association Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology is to advance discoveries from genetics, systems and translational biology and to facilitate their application in global cardiovascular health and disease.

Dr. Shah is the lead author on a recent paper detailing a breakthrough in understanding cardiovascular disease. The team used a multi-platform ‘omics’ approach to identify novel genetic markers in heart attacks and death from heart disease. This achievement has the potential to intercede for those with the marker and lower the risk of a major cardiovascular event.