International CV leader to visit Calgary to receive prestigious award

Professor A. John Camm will be in Calgary on March 8, 2011 to formally receive the 2010 Libin/AHFMR Prize for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research. Professor Camm is a giant in cardiac electrophysiology research, having published an astounding 1,000+ peer reviewed papers and authored or edited 15 text books in cardiology. As part of his Calgary programme, he will be delivering a FREE public lecture at 6:30pm in the Libin Lecture Theatre (Health Sciences Centre, UCalgary) on “The Scourge of Atrial Fibrillation: why it’s not nice to fib“.

The abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation, is so common it is almost becoming normal. Assuming a normal life span, 1 in 4 people will develop atrial fibrillation. The major significance of atrial fibrillation is its relationship to stroke. A person with atrial fibrilation has, on average, a 5% annual probability of stroke. Furthermore, these strokes tend to be severe. Approximately one in five strokes is the result of atrial fibrillation. The magnitude of this problem is increasing as the incidence of atrial fibrillation is increasing.

For more information on the public lecture, please review the lecture poster.

The Libin/AHFMR Prize for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research is awarded once every two years to an outstanding international researcher whose work is deemed to have had a major impact on the understanding, prevention, recognition or treatment of cardiovascular disease and/or the understanding and promotion of cardiovascular health. The prize was established in honor of Dr. Alvin Libin for his many contributions to the AHFMR including service as board chair. The award is also meant recognize Dr. Libin’s contribution to the health system in Alberta, and to recognize his particular interest in the cardiovascular sciences.



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