University of Ottawa cardiologist honoured by National Academy of Sciences of Argentina

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

OTTAWA, June 26, 2013 — Adolfo J. de Bold, University of Ottawa professor of pathology and cellular and molecular medicine, has joined the likes of Charles Darwin, Benjamin Gould, Henri Milne-Edwards and Nobel laureates Bernardo Houssay and Luis Leloir as an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina, for his contribution to the advancement of science.

Professor de Bold, who is also director of the Cardiovascular Endocrinology Laboratory at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, is well known for his discovery of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), which demonstrated that the heart has an endocrine function. De Bold's team went on to show that the heart modulates blood pressure, blood volume and cardiovascular growth via ANP. This discovery opened up a new field of research, with multiple therapeutic and diagnostic applications in heart failure.

De Bold’s career and discoveries have been recognized through multiple awards, including the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Royal Society of Canada McLaughlin Medal in Medical Research, the Ernest C. Manning Principal Award, the International Society for Hypertension Research Award and the American Society for Hypertension Award, among others. Adolfo de Bold is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. The University is an important stakeholder in the National Capital Region’s economic development.

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