Kentucky Physician Receives AHA Award

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Peter Abadir

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The study was chosen by the Program Committee of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research to receive the 2004 Merck New Investigator Award, recognizing superior scientific and clinical effort. The award was presented to Abadir by the chair of the council, Dr. Robert Carey, at the annual American Heart Association meeting held recently in Chicago. Carey noted it was the best study presented to the council both on a national and international level.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2004) -- A novel study opening a new frontier in the war against hypertension was performed by Dr. Peter Abadir, a resident physician at East Kentucky Family Practice Residency, part of the University of Kentucky Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the Center for Rural Health in Hazard.

The results of the study, “Angiotensin AT2 Receptor-Bradykinin B2 Receptor Functional Heterodimerization: A Marriage of Convenience,” will be published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association.

High blood pressure is present in 25 percent of the adult population in the United States and is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. In about 10 percent of patients with high blood pressure, a distinct hormonal cause can be found, treated and cured. Most of these patients have abnormal hormone secretion from the kidney or adrenal gland that causes high blood pressure.

Abadir’s study involves the use of a unique cellular receptor called the AT 2 receptor, which reduces high blood pressure and protects the heart and kidneys. 

The study could potentially result in new ways to treat hypertension and other cardiovascular and renal disorders. 

The study was chosen by the Program Committee of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research to receive the 2004 Merck New Investigator Award, recognizing superior scientific and clinical effort. The award was presented to Abadir by the chair of the council, Dr. Robert Carey, at the annual American Heart Association meeting held recently in Chicago. Carey noted it was the best study presented to the council both on a national and international level. 

Dr. Baretta Casey, director of the UK East Kentucky Family Practice Residency, stresses the importance of new research in the fight against hypertension. Each year, the program graduates new advocates in the fight against disease in Eastern Kentucky.

“Dr. Abadir’s research will improve the lives of many of our patients in the future, Casey said. “Our program is very fortunate to have such a distinguished researcher and excellent family physician.”

Abadir is an author of several articles published in peer reviewed journals and has received many awards by national organizations in recognition for his work in the field of hypertension.


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