Researcher Receives National Award
Media Contact: Beth Goins, 859-257-1754, x232, American Heart Association: Marc Jennings, 502-371-6010
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2009) - The American Heart Association has named University of Kentucky researcher Alan Daugherty its "Science Advocate of the Year." The award will be presented Tuesday in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill at the association's annual Congressional Lobby Day.
The Science Advocate of the Year award is given to a medical professional who has served as a role model for other science advocates, recruited advocates and encouraged others to get involved.
Daugherty is the current Gill Foundation chair of preventive cardiology and director of the UK Cardiovascular Research Center. He will assume a new role May 1 as Senior Associate Dean for Research in the UK College of Medicine. Daugherty is a strong advocate for increased funding for heart and stroke research and prevention programs.
He was instrumental in establishing the annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day a decade ago, highlighting cardiovascular research, including projects supported by the association. He also recently represented the American Heart Association in a Campaign for Medical Research coalition meeting at the U.S. Senate.
"Dr. Daugherty has been invaluable as a volunteer, serving as an advocate and offering his expertise for federal policy issues," said Tonya Chang, Kentucky director of advocacy for the association. "He's met with several policymakers to discuss the benefits of increased research funding and the economic advantages it brings to local communities."
Daugherty has a long history of various volunteer leadership roles in the association at both the local and national levels. He also has served on numerous committees and is the immediate past chair of the Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council. Daugherty is a member of the association's nationwide network of volunteers actively involved in the association's public policy agenda and dedicated to finding cures for heart disease and stroke.
Among a slate of other recognitions, Daugherty received the ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008 and the association's Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Valley Affiliate, in 2006.
The American Heart Association fights heart disease and stroke, the nation's number-one and number-three killers, by funding advocacy, education and scientific research. You're the Cure on the Hill will take place shortly before the Central Kentucky Start! Heart Walk and Tailgate Party in Lexington. This event, Saturday, April 25 at the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, is an important fund raiser for the association. Those who would like more information or to get involved may call 859-278-1632.
You're the Cure brings together nearly 500 volunteers, heart disease and stroke survivors and American Heart Association staff in the nation's capital to ask members of Congress to pass meaningful health reform this year and increase funding for research supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program and the WISEWOMAN program.