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Dr. Daniel Kelly Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from American Heart Association

ORLANDO, Fla. , November 17, 2008

Daniel Kelly, M.D., Scientific Director at Burnham Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona (Burnham) received the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences at the American Heart Association Scientific Session in New Orleans last week.

Each year the Scientific Council’s Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made substantial professional contributions to the field of cardiovascular science and who have demonstrated a long term commitment to the Scientific Council. Dr. Kelly was recognized for his contributions to new knowledge in cardiovascular science and for more than a decade of training the young scientists of tomorrow.

Dr. Kelly’s research interests focus on derangements in cardiac energy metabolism which contribute to heart failure and sudden death caused by hypertension, ischemic injury or diabetes. His work defines the gene regulatory mechanisms involved in the control of cardiac fuel and energy metabolism. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed original research papers focusing on cellular energy metabolism relevant to common diseases such as heart failure, diabetes and the diabetic heart.

Dr. Kelly has received numerous awards which recognize his mentoring of young scientists and is currently training several post-doctoral trainees through National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute grants. His current research on the diabetic heart and energy metabolism is supported by multiple NIH research grants.

Prior to joining Burnham, Dr. Kelly held the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professorship at Washington University and served as Chief of the Cardiovascular Division at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. As Scientific Director of Burnham at Lake Nona, Dr. Kelly guides the scientific direction of the Institute and has established several research programs related to diabetes and heart disease. In addition, Dr. Kelly is actively recruiting highly accomplished faculty from prestigious organizations and universities nationwide to join Burnham at Lake Nona.

About Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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