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Temple's Dr. Steven Houser recognized by the American Heart Association
Date:11/20/2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Temple University School of Medicine, has been studying the heart for nearly three and a half decades. Over that time, he has made significant contributions to cardiovascular research, work that led to his recent recognition with two prestigious honors from the American Heart Association (AHA) the Basic Cardiovascular Science (BCVS) Council Distinguished Achievement Award and the Thomas W. Smith Memorial Lecture Award. Dr. Houser received the awards at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2013 meeting held Nov. 16‒20 in Dallas, Texas.

"It's an honor," Houser said of being chosen as the recipient of the two awards, which are given to top scientists who have committed their careers to cardiovascular science and fulfilling the aims of the AHA.

"Steve has been a leader for his whole career in advancing our understanding of how calcium regulates the beating of the heart cell," said Walter J. Koch, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM). "His data has guided a generation of scientists in probing mechanisms for why the heart fails. He has stayed on the cutting-edge of this field for over 25 years, and now he is delving into why calcium can also harm the heart and is active in pursuit of novel regenerative pathways to repair the failing heart."

"This excellence has not gone unnoticed by colleagues at the AHA," Koch added.

Houser began his influential career when he joined the faculty at Temple in 1978. He received his first AHA grant two years later. "At the time, not much was known about how heart cells work," Houser explained.

But Houser quickly positioned himself at the leading edge of basic cardiovascular research by exploringand answeringfundamental questions about heart cell function. He investigated reasons why the heart does not function properl
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Contact: Jeremy Walter
Jeremy.Walter@tuhs.temple.edu
215-707-7882
Temple University Health System
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