Dr. Muralidhar Padala Receives International Career Development Award

November 2010

Dr. Muralidhar Padala has been awarded the 2010-2011 Leducq Career Development Award (Faculty Level). The mission of the Paris-based Leducq Foundation is to improve human health through funding and facilitating international efforts to combat cardiovascular and neurovascular disease, and its Career Development Award is designed to support the development of young investigators in cardiovascular and/or neurovascular disease from Europe and the United States by allowing them to engage in international research in one of the Foundation's Transatlantic Networks of Excellence (collaborative teams of European and North American scientists). The structure of the Networks of Excellence provides researchers with the ability to take advantage of the strengths and resources on both sides of the Atlantic and is based on the belief that advantages are inherent to collaboration.

Dr. Padala will represent Emory as a member of the "Mitral Valve Disease: From Genetic Mechanisms to Improved Repair" network, an international consortium of leading mitral valve biology scientists that are studying the mysterious underlying biology of the mitral valve in hopes of describing the factors which control the biological adaptation of the mitral valve and to encourage new thinking in the treatment of mitral valve disease. The Leducq Foundation awarded the network $6 million in 2007. After being encouraged by the Foundation in 2009 to identify capable new investigators entering the field and nominate them for the Career Development Award, the network's North American Coordinator Dr. Robert Levine (MGH ), European Coordinator Dr. Albert Hagege (Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris), and Core Member Dr. Adrian Chester (Magdi Yacoub Heart Institute, Imperial College, London) nominated Dr. Padala.

Dr. Padala's role in the network will be to investigate the biological adaptation of the mitral valve to abnormal mechanical forces in ischemic heart disease at the organ, tissue, and cellular levels.