COLLEGE PHYSIOLOGIST WINS HEART ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR DISTINCTION
VALHALLA, NY, November 3, 2005—The American Heart Association will award Michael S. Wolin, Ph.D., of White Plains, N.Y., its 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award on November 13 at the 2005 Annual Scientific Sessions in Dallas. Dr. Wolin is professor of physiology at New York Medical College, where he has been a faculty member since 1983.
The award is presented every three years to a member of the association’s Council on Cardiopulmonary, Perioperative and Critical Care who has made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge in cardiovascular medicine and to the activities of the organization. It also recognizes Dr. Wolin’s years of service to another council—on Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care—which he chaired from 2001 to 2003, after serving two years as vice chair. The group is concerned with promoting research on cardiopulmonary disorders and with communicating research results to the public and the medical profession.
Dr. Wolin is recognized internationally for his research on the effects of oxygen and nitric oxide, which are produced in the body, on its blood vessels. He is studying how the production of reactive oxygen and nitric oxide derived species is related to the tissue damage characterized in diseases such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes and preeclampsia.
Dr. Wolin earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from Yale University, and completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine in the laboratory of Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D., who later won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the biological importance of nitric oxide. In 2002 Dr. Wolin received the Dean’s Distinguished Research Award, the most significant research honor the College bestows on faculty members. He also is one of five members of the faculty to hold a prestigious MERIT Award from the NIH, which funds his research for a period of 10 years.