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Pulmonary Hypertension Association Names Recipient of 2008 Award of Excellence in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Care
Date:6/23/2008

SILVER SPRING, Md. and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) and Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. today announced Robyn Barst as the recipient of the second annual PHA Award of Excellence in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Care. The grant, in the amount of $50,000, will be awarded to an institution of Dr. Barst's choice in order to support continued excellence in care for patients with PAH. The award, supported by Actelion, was presented at PHA's 8th International PH Conference being held in Houston, Texas, this weekend.

Dr. Barst was selected for her outstanding contributions to PAH patient care and clinical research, concentrated mainly on disease progression and treatment of PAH. Her studies have focused on the genetic aspects of PAH and the use of novel therapies for treatment.

"Dr. Barst has a well-established reputation of excellence in PAH clinical research and medical care," said Michael McGoon, MD, Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and chair of the Independent Award Selection Committee. "Her passionate desire to better the lives of PAH patients through careful and concentrated research epitomizes the spirit of the PHA, and we are pleased to present this award in recognition of her devotion."

The PHA Award of Excellence in PAH Care is designed to honor and acknowledge healthcare professionals who are committed to improving outcomes for patients with PAH. It is awarded annually to outstanding care providers for clinical practice excellence in the area of PAH. The financial component of the award is directed to the recipient's choice of institution to support continued excellence in care for patients with PAH.

"The PHA Award of Excellence will encourage advances in both patient care and research in the area of PAH, a serious condition that continues to be under-recognized and under-treated," said Rino Ald
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