U Cardiologist Chosen as 1 of 2 Physicians Nationwide to Receive ACCF/Pfizer Award

U Cardiologist Chosen as 1 of 2 Physicians Nationwide to Receive ACCF/Pfizer Award

Jun 1, 2004 6:00 PM

A University of Utah post-doctoral fellow in cardiology is one of two physicians nationwide to receive an ACCF/Pfizer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Cardiovascular Medicine for 2004.

Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., will receive $65,000 a year for the next three years to aid his research into coronary artery disease, which kills thousands of Americans every year. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. sponsor the award.

Wilson's research is focused on identifying the cellular receptor for elastin, a protein that signals smooth muscle cell growth in arteries. When elastin signals go wrong, smooth muscle cells can multiply too fast and migrate to the center of an artery to clog it.

Wilson will make recombinant elastin--a purified form of the protein--to look for the receptor that binds the protein. Once the receptor is found, it could open possibilities for therapies to prevent clogged arteries.

Wilson, who grew up in Midvale, received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He'll receive the first year's grant money in July.

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