Dr. Stanley Nattel honoured as a scientific pioneer by the Heart Rhythm Society

2013, May 21, 2013


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Dr. Stanley Nattel honoured as a scientific pioneer

by the Heart Rhythm Society

Montréal, May 21, 2013 – Dr. Stanley Nattel, a clinical cardiologist and Director of the Electrophysiology Research Axis at the Research Centre of the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), has received the prestigious 2013 Founders Lectureship Award from the Heart Rhythm Society. Every year in May, this professional association honours a scientist who has made a unique and significant contribution in the field of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology.

“My colleagues and I join together in congratulating Dr. Stanley Nattel. His contribution goes well beyond his research programs at the MHI, which this award acknowledges. His discoveries have had an impact on the entire scientific community through major international research networks that he has proactively worked with since the very beginning of his career,” proudly stated Dr. Denis Roy, Executive Director of the MHI.

Remarkable achievements

Dr. Nattel joined the MHI in 1987 and served as Director of the Research Centre between 1990 and 2004. The Paul-David Chair in Cardiovascular Electrophysiology at Université de Montréal, Dr. Nattel heads a laboratory that is a renowned world leader in research on atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia and one of the leading causes of mortality, handicap and morbidity in the world.

Thanks to his discoveries on the basic mechanisms involved in the clinical abnormalities of cardiac bioelectricity, such as proarrhythmic electrical remodelling, the molecular physiology of ion channels and atrial fibrillation, Dr. Nattel has laid the groundwork for new investigative therapies in the field of electrophysiology.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nattel has supervised 136 postdoctoral students, given over 316 speeches and authored over 500 scientific articles. He is the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, the assistant editor-in-chief of HeartRhythm and Cardiovascular Research, an editor of the Journal of Physiology, and a member of the editorial boards of nine other journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

In addition to all of his professional commitments, Dr. Nattel continues to provide attentive care to his patients as a practising clinical cardiologist at the MHI.

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Marie-Josée Nantel
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Montreal Heart Institute
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