Dr. Ernesto L. Schiffrin, Professor and Vice-Chair (Research) in McGill’s Department of Medicine, Physician-in-Chief of the JGH’s Department of Medicine and Canada Research Chairholder in Hypertension and Vascular Research at the Lady Davis Institute, is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence Award in Hypertension Research (formerly the Novartis Award) of the American Heart Association.

The citation of the award reads: For his pioneering translational work leading to discovery of mechanisms involved in the remodeling of small resistance arteries in experimental and human hypertension. His groundbreaking research demonstrated that antihypertensive therapy electively causes regression of vascular remodeling in hypertensive patients. His seminal studies on angiotensin II, aldosterone and endothelin have elucidated the importance of these hormones in the vascular biology of hypertension.