The American Society of Hypertension (ASH) honored Ernesto L. Schiffrin, CM, MD, PhD, FRSC, FRCPC, FACP, FAHA, one of its original members, by naming him the 2013 ASH Distinguished Scientist and conferring him the Robert Tigerstedt Award during the ASH Awards Plenary Session on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. The Tigerstedt Award, named for the physiologist and scientist best known for discovering the renin-angiotensin system, was fittingly presented to Dr. Schiffrin, who has focused much of his more than 35-year research career on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, for his outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension and his contribution to both endocrinology and circulation.

As part of the award, Dr. Schiffrin, Physician-in-Chief at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Medicine at McGill University, presented his work in recent years involving the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and related mechanisms involved in blood pressure elevation. He presented new data, from both humans and experimental models, about mechanisms involved in the remodeling of vasculature in his special lecture entitled “Vascular remodeling in hypertension, from the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and endothelin to the immune system” at the ASH Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

One ASH Distinguished Scientist Award is given each year depending on the field to which the award recipient has made his or her contribution. The purpose of the ASH Distinguished Scientist Award is to honor a scientist or physician for outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension. The award recipient receives a framed certificate and a $10,000 USD honorarium. The awardee is also requested to present a 30-minute lecture during the awards session at the ASH Annual Meeting and will receive complimentary registration and reimbursement for travel expenses and hotel accommodations.

Dr. Schiffrin’s bio, which appears in the upcoming ASH meeting’s brochure, is enclosed. It can also be found here

Further information regarding the prize can be found here




May 21, 2013