Anne Knowlton, a leading investigator on the cellular mechanisms involved in cardiac injury and heart failure, was recognized with the Albrecht Fleckenstein Memorial Award for distinguished work in the field of basic research at the opening ceremony of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the International Academy of Cardiology's 18th World Congress on Heart Disease.
The event, which highlights worldwide advances in cardiovascular medicine, was held July 26-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
A UC Davis professor of cardiovascular medicine, Knowlton is known for her groundbreaking work on the role of heat shock proteins and on mitochondrial fission and fusion in heart failure. She has also advanced understanding of both the detrimental and protective roles of estrogen in heart health.
The award honors the legacy of the German scientist whose investigations of cardiovascular physiology led to his discovery in the 1960s of calcium channel blockers. These medications are widely used today in managing hypertension, ischemic heart disease and arrhythmias.