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Georgetown Doctor Gets Award for Hypertension Research

Christopher Wilcox

Dr. Christopher Wilcox

October 15, 2011 – The American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research has awarded Dr. Christopher Wilcox its most prestigious award for research and discoveries in the field of hypertension.

Wilcox, who holds the George E. Schreiner Chair of Nephrology, received the 2011 Excellence Award for Hypertension Research during a Sept. 23 ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

"I hold the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research in the highest regard as the top forum worldwide for hypertension research,” said Wilcox. “I feel [the award] is a top milestone in my career."

As director of Georgetown’s Center for Hypertension, Kidney and Vascular Research, the professor of medicine experiments with genes, cells and animal models in addition to conducting clinical research in patients with hypertension and kidney diseases.

His work has led to patents for new drugs that treat oxidative stress, which is a factor in illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, sickle cell anemia, Parkinson’s disease and heart failure.

Gregory Fink, program chair for the Council for High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions, applauded Wilcox for his active involvement in both clinical and basic research in the field of hypertension.

“He has made particularly significant and novel discoveries in the area of oxidative stress in hypertension and its relationship to kidney and vascular function,” Fink said.

The award marks the second time Wilcox has been honored by the American Heart Association. He received the Council for High Blood Pressure Research’s Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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