Kory J. Lavine, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He was nominated for the honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The award, established in 1996, honors outstanding scientists and engineers who are launching independent research careers and are poised to become exceptional leaders in scientific and technological fields. It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for early-career scientists and engineers.
Lavine’s research is focused on understanding the role of the immune system in the establishment and treatment of heart failure. He has identified unique inflammatory and reparative immune cell populations specifically found within the heart that determine whether the heart will heal following injury. His research group has harnessed this information to develop innovative methods to image inflammation in the heart, and therapeutic approaches to limit damaging inflammation and optimize the heart’s intrinsic capacity for tissue repair and restoration of normal cardiac function.
The honor also acknowledges the work of early-career researchers who already have made an impact in advancing science, technology, education, mathematics and community service as demonstrated through their scientific leadership, public education efforts and community outreach.