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Daugherty Appointed to Gill Chair

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Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., D.Sc.

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“The University of Kentucky is rapidly gaining national and international recognition as a center of excellence in cardiovascular research. We are glad that the university is providing such a supportive environment for the scientific study of diseases that have a devastating impact on the health of this nation.”

-- Alan Daugherty, Ph.D.
Gill Foundation Chair in
Preventive Cardiology

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2003) -- Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., D.Sc., professor of medicine and professor of physiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been named the Gill Foundation Chair in Preventive Cardiology.

Daugherty, who received his doctoral degrees from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, is a member of the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences and the Graduate Center for Toxicology.

Daugherty’s research interests center around cardiovascular disease, in particular, processes in the development of lesions in atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), which is an abnormal ballooning of the major artery from the heart.

“The University of Kentucky is rapidly gaining national and international recognition as a center of excellence in cardiovascular research. We are glad that the university is providing such a supportive environment for the scientific study of diseases that have a devastating impact on the health of this nation,” Daugherty said. “My lab has had a long standing interest in atherosclerosis. More recently, we have also established a program to study mechanisms of AAA development. AAA is a surprisingly unknown disease given its large incidence, which is increasing rapidly with the graying of the country.”

Active in research, and also in education and service, Daugherty is a member of numerous research and review committees of the American Heart Association. He is equally accomplished in the teaching and training of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and fellows. To date, he has worked closely with over 20 students and fellows.

Daugherty also has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award in 1992.

The endowed chair, coupled with the efforts of faculty in colleges, departments, centers, and institutes at the university, will maintain and strengthen a continued presence in cardiovascular research at UK.

“I am extremely grateful to Linda and Jack Gill for creating this chair and am honored to be its first recipient,” Daugherty said. “The university owes a great debt to Mr. and Mrs. Gill, not only for the gift that established the Gill Heart Institute, but also for the generosity of their time and commitment.”


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