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Two Methodist cardiologists honored with prestigious awards at American College of Cardiology conference

Houston, TX - 3/12/2013

Two cardiologists with the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center were recently honored with prestigious awards at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference in San Francisco.

Dr. Christie Ballantyne was presented with the Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Science. The award honors those have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of cardiovascular disease.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award because when I first started in 1988 people were having a hard time figuring out why a cardiology fellow was doing work in a genetics lab,” said Ballantyne, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention, co-director of the Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic at The Methodist Hospital and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “My focus has been on the role of inflammation and cell adhesion molecules in vascular disease and it’s amazing to see how the field has grown. Back then there was maybe three or four papers on the subject, now there are thousands.”

Ballantyne’s clinical research has been in the area atherosclerosis vascular disease which includes pharmaceutical studies to assess the efficacy and benefits of lipid-lowering drug therapy.

Dr. C. Huie Lin was also honored with the CV Translational Research Award given by the American College of Cardiology Foundation and International Society of Cardiovascular Translational Research. The $70,000 grant is designed to give clinical cardiologists the time to do translational research.

“I’m thrilled and honored to receive this award,” Lin said. “Junior interventional cardiologists don’t usually have time to do translational research, so it’s very exciting to be given the opportunity to find new ways to bring what we learn from our patients back to the bench and then take it from the bench back to the bedside again.”

Both awards were handed out at the ACC Convocation Ceremony on March 11.

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