Heart researcher wins prestigious international award

7 January 2011

Philip Barter, Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to cholesterol research with the announcement of the European Atherosclerosis Society's prestigious Anitschkow Award.

The award recognises Professor Barter's longstanding and significant contribution to atherosclerosis research, which began in the 1970s.

Professor Barter was among the first to describe the activity of a protein which controls the exchange of cholesterol between HDL "good cholesterol" and other types of lipoproteins.

These findings have been critical to the understanding of cholesterol regulation in the body, and paved the way for therapies designed to slow the development of heart disease.

"Awards of this type recognise the high quality of research conducted in institutions such as the University of Sydney and its affiliated institute, the Heart Research Institute," Professor Barter said.

"It is also a recognition of the work conducted by my many collaborators, without whom none of this would have been possible."

In announcing the award, the European Atherosclerosis Society said Professor Barter was a dedicated and outstanding scientist.

"By combining basic and clinical research he is an excellent example of a from-bench-to-bedside researcher. He and his coworkers have repeatedly made pivotal and pioneering contributions to better understand the metabolism and function of plasma lipoproteins, notably HDL."

The Anitschkow award recognises Professor Barter's role in educating and mentoring the next generation of researchers.

Professor Barter, who is the Director of the Heart Research Institute, has recently been closely involved in the establishment of the University of Sydney's Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease(CODCD).

The Centre, to open in 2013, will partner with institutions in the US, Europe and Asia to attract hundreds of world-class clinicians and researchers to Sydney.

Professor Barter will receive his award in June at the 79th EAS Congress in Sweden where he will also present the Anitschkow Lecture.

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