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Tracy, UVM Heart Researchers Recognized at VT Go Red For Women Event

Paula Tracy, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair of Biochemistry Paula Tracy, Ph.D., received the Crystal Heart Award at the 2012 Vermont Go Red For Women Luncheon on Feb. 16, 2012. (Photo: Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

Since 2008, University of Vermont researchers have received more than $1.5 million in grant funding from the American Heart Association (AHA). This connection and several currently-funded researchers were publicly recognized February 16 at the 2012 Vermont Go Red For Women Luncheon held at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. More than 500 attendees participated in the annual event, now in its sixth year.

In addition to workshops and a Silent Auction, the event featured the presentation of the 2012 Crystal Heart Award, remarks from cardiovascular disease survivor and heart transplant recipient Anne Buckley, and a keynote presentation by local comedienne and Shelburne, Vt.-based Flying Pig Bookstore owner Josie Leavitt, who discussed “Adventures in Cardiology”.

UVM College of Medicine Professor of Biochemistry Paula Tracy, Ph.D., was presented with the 2012 Crystal Heart Award by 2011 Crystal Heart recipient Mary Cushman, M.D., professor of medicine.  In her remarks, Cushman shared that she had received her first research grant from the AHA. A long-time local, regional and national AHA volunteer and advocate, she applauded the Go Red For Women movement, and shared her passion for another initiative called Life’s Simple 7, which offers seven health measures to assess cardiovascular health and risk, and provides the necessary steps a person needs to take to improve different aspects of her health. “I’ve conducted a study with people who follow the Life’s Simple 7 guidelines, and we found that it worked,” Cushman told attendees.

In introducing Tracy, Cushman remarked “This year’s Crystal Heart winner is a prominent scientist in our community, and a colleague of mine. Her research has been funded by the American Heart Association, and she is a frequent contributor and editor in scholarly journals. She is always willing to roll up her sleeves and help organize American Heart Association events, and push the mission of heart health as far as she can.”

The Crystal Heart Award celebrates the success and commitment of a local woman who has served as an advocate, a volunteer and a role model in improving the health of women in our community and honors their “above and beyond” efforts to support the mission of the American Heart Association. Jennifer Nachbur, senior public relations officer at the UVM College of Medicine, was the 2009 Crystal Heart Award honoree.