Jack H. Ladenson, PhD, the Oree M. Carroll and Lillian B. Ladenson Professor of Clinical Chemistry in Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the 2017 Distinguished Award for Contributions to Cardiovascular Diagnostics from the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry. This award honors Ladenson’s groundbreaking scientific work to improve cardiac disease diagnosis.
Ladenson, who is also a professor of medicine, is best known for creating rapid, accurate techniques to diagnose heart attacks and other cardiac diseases. He developed a way to gauge the severity of a heart attack using an antibody that detects a protein released from damaged heart muscle. His antibody forms the basis for several FDA-approved diagnostic tests for heart attacks. More recently, Ladenson has turned his attention to improving diagnosis of kidney damage and of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
In addition, Ladenson has served as director of clinical pathology programs at the nonprofit Pathologists Overseas since 1996. In that role, he has worked in more than 20 countries on projects to upgrade laboratory services and the training of laboratory personnel, extend the ability to perform laboratory testing to regional hospitals, improve clinician education and develop standardized national laboratory systems.