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ARCS Foundation 2013 Scientist of the Year
Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
San Diego, CA
2013 Scientist of the Year
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A practicing cardiologist at Scripps in La Jolla, California, Topol is well known for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care. While there he also started a new medical school, led many worldwide clinical trials to advance care for patients with heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks.
Since 2006, in La Jolla, he leads the flagship NIH-supported Scripps Translational Science Institute and is Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, along with being a Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute.
Topol pioneered the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice, including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro, and was the first physician to raise safety concerns on Vioxx. He has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. In 2009, along with Francis Collins and Harold Varmus, Topol was selected to be one of the country’s 12 “Rock Stars of Science” in GQ Magazine. In 2011, the University of Michigan, where he had served on the faculty, initiated the Eric Topol Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine to recognize his contributions. The University of Rochester, his alma mater medical school, awarded him the Hutchison Medal, the University’s highest honor. In 2012, he was voted the most influential physician executive in the United States in a poll conducted by Modern Healthcare.
He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His book The Creative Destruction of Medicine (Basic Books) was published in 2012.
ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. For academic year 2011-2012, the seventeen ARCS Foundation chapters together contributed $4,117,488 to 528 students at 55 colleges and universities. Since 1958, ARCS Foundation has awarded $82,828,057 to Scholars.
Since the San Diego chapter began in 1985, 1023 Scholar Awards totaling $7,584,500 have been awarded to graduate and undergraduate students attending San Diego State University, The Scripps Research Institute, University of California, San Diego, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and University of San Diego. For academic year 2012-2013, the San Diego Chapter awarded $397,500 to 57 ARCS Foundation Scholars. Read more.
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