Helen Hobbs, M.D., a 1979 alumna of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at UT Southwestern in Dallas, has received the American Heart Association's Clinical Research Prize. The annual award, announced Nov. 13, recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of clinical cardiovascular research.
Hobbs directs the Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center, which includes the Dallas Heart Study, a multiyear, multimillion dollar project aimed at learning more about the hidden causes of heart disease and finding new treatments. She also directs the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and is an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UT Southwestern. Additionally, she holds the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair for the Study of Human Growth and Development and the Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiology Research at UT Southwestern.
The promise of translational research—researchers transferring scientific discoveries quickly from the lab to patients in the clinic—has never been greater, she said. "The sequencing of the human genome, the development of new imaging methodologies, and the emergence of biomedicine as a pre-eminent science have converged to make it an ideal time for the clinical scientist," she said. "This recognition from the American Heart Association is a tremendous honor."
Hobbs was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.
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