Sarver Heart Center Grand Rounds -Genetic Prediction of Coronary Artery Disease

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Genetic Prediction of Coronary Artery Disease

Robert Roberts, MD, FRCPC, FRSM, MACC, FAHA, FESC, FRSC, LLD (Hon.),
Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Chair, International Society Cardiovascular Translational Research (ISCTR)

 

Event Series: 
Sarver Heart Center Grand Rounds
Date: 
October 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Event Address: 
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson
Event Location: 
Sarver Heart Center
Event Location Other: 
Room 4137

Robert Roberts, MD, FRCPC, FRSM, MACC, FAHA, FESC, FRSC, LLD (Hon.), Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Chair, International Society Cardiovascular Translational Research (ISCTR)

Adjunct Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Scientist Emeritus and Advisor, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Past President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Founding Director, Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre

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Dr. Roberts completed his undergraduate (Memorial University), medical school (Dalhousie University) and training in cardiology (University of Toronto) in Canada.  He proceeded on scholarship to the University of California and was recruited to Washington University in St. Louis as director of the Coronary Care unit (1973-1982). In 1982, he was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as chief of cardiology where he served for 23 years. He was recruited as president and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) where he completed two five-year terms (2004 to 2014).

He developed the first quantitative assay for MBCK, followed by a radioimmunoassay. MBCK was used as the gold standard to diagnose heart attacks for three decades. He discovered several genes for heart disease, including the first genes for atrial fibrillation, WPW Syndrome and coronary artery disease (9p21) along with co-discoverer of over 60 genes associated with CAD. As a pioneer in the field, he edited the first textbook on molecular cardiology. Dr. Roberts is recognized as a leader in the research and practice of cardiology worldwide. For 25 years, he has been associate editor of Hurst The Heart, a leading textbook in cardiology. He is editor in chief of Current Opinion in Cardiology, Chief Guest Editor of JACC BTR, Genomics Section Editor for JACC, Associate Editor of Cardiology Today and on the editorial board of 18 other journals. In recognition of his scientific contributions (over 900 publications), Dr. Roberts has received several prestigious awards:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada (2013)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology (1998)
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society Research Achievement Award (2012)
  • McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (2008)
  • Award of Meritorious Achievement from  American Heart Association (2001)
  • Robert Beamish Leadership Award from ICSS Winnipeg (2005)
  • Albrecht Fleckenstein Memorial Award from the International Academy of Cardiology (2008)
  • Distinguished Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Cardiology (2012)
  • Citation for Highly Cited Researcher from ISI Thomson Scientific (2002)
  • Dalhousie University, Doctor of Laws honoris causa (2012)
  • First Prize: International Film Festival, NY for video “Unlocking the Secrets of the Heart" (1992)
  • Master of the American College of Cardiology (2008)

During his tenure in the U.S., he held several leadership roles: member NHLBI Council, American Heart Association (Board of Trustees), the American College of Cardiology (Board of Trustees and Chair of Annual Scientific Session). He serves on several prestigious advisory boards, including: Gairdner Foundation; The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences; Ontario Genomics Institute, Fondation Leducq of Paris and NIH-ACC Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for genomics and genetics.

Dr. Roberts has had a distinguished and prolific international career as a cardiologist, educator, scientist and spokesman, having lectured throughout the world including several prestigious presentations: Plenary addresses of the American College of Cardiology, (Simon Dack Lectureship), the Japanese College of Cardiology, the Japanese College of Circulation, the Australian and New Zealand Heart Association (Hall Lecture), the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Indonesian Heart Society and the International Academy of Cardiology. In 2013, he addressed The Royal Canadian Institute for the advancement of science.