New York (August 13, 2018) – The New York Academy of Medicine has announced Jared S. Kushner, MD, of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as the recipient of its prestigious 2018-2019 Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award in Cardiovascular Diseases. The committee selected Dr. Kushner based on his research project, “Elucidating Mechanisms of Calcium Channel Regulation in the Heart.”

“The Academy is deeply committed to conducting and supporting research that adds to the evidence base to improve the public’s health,” said Academy President Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS. “Through the 2018 Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award, we are pleased to support the research of Dr. Jared S. Kushner toward developing new, safer forms of treatment for patients with heart disease.”

Each year, The New York Academy of Medicine awards more than $400,000 in grants and fellowships to medical students, seasoned physicians, and investigators to support the advancement of health care studies.

The Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award in Cardiovascular Diseases is a one-year, $70,000 grant awarded in support of research projects that seek better understanding of the causes, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and that will advance the academic careers of young physician investigators. A committee composed of experts in cardiovascular research conducts an in-depth review of the applications to select the fellowship award recipients.

Dr. Kushner is a cardiology fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where he also earned his MD and completed his internal medicine training. He originally hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lived until beginning his undergraduate studies at Columbia. Dr. Kushner’s work is in understanding how ion channel function in the heart and blood vessels contributes to or exacerbates cardiovascular disease, and how modifying ion channel function can lead to new treatment for patients with heart disease.

Currently he is studying how adrenergic tone or the “fight or flight” response increases heart strength through its action on the L-type calcium channel. While increasing calcium levels in the heart cells of patients with heart failure strengthens their hearts’ contractions, such treatments are unfortunately associated with increased mortality. Better understanding the effect of “fight or flight” on calcium channels may make it possible to design newer and safer heart failure therapies.

Applications for the Academy’s 2019-20 research fellowships and summer 2019 student grants will open in mid-September 2018. Please visit the Academy’s Awards & Grants page for details and application materials.

The Academy acknowledges the Corlette Glorney Foundation for its generous support of the Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award in Cardiovascular Diseases.

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