UAMS’ Robert Reis, Ph.D., Receives Award from International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences

By Chris Carmody

Reis received the Jawahar (Jay) Mehta Annual Award for Clinical Scientist during the organization’s North American Section conference in Tampa, Florida.

Reis is a professor in the Department of Geriatrics and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He also serves as a senior research career scientist in the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

His internationally recognized research focuses on genetic factors in longevity and age-associated diseases. He and his collaborators have also published five papers in the cardiology field, including two in 2023.

The most recent paper demonstrated an increase in protein aggregation in hearts and brains after a myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack. Protein aggregation is associated with aging and with neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m a biologist and geneticist, rather than a cardiologist, so I feel especially honored to be recognized by such a renowned group of experts in the field of cardiovascular science,” he said.

Reis noted that the award is credited to a research group leader but is based on the combined contributions of the group members. His collaborators are Srinivas Ayyadevara, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics; Meenakshisundaram Balasubramaniam, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Geriatrics; Akshatha Ganne, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geriatrics; Nirjal Mainali and Sonu Pahal, students in the Department of Biomedical Informatics; Ramani Atluri, research associate in the Department of Biomedical Informatics; and Raj Kore, instructor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine.

The award from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences is named after Jawahar (Jay) Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist and distinguished professor in the UAMS College of Medicine.

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