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Mobile, Ala. (March 28, 2005)
Contact: Paul Taylor, (251) 461-1509

Dr Aubrey Taylor receives American Heart Association Award of Meritorious Achievement


Dr. Aubrey Taylor

Dr. Aubrey Taylor, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, has been selected to receive the American Heart Association Award of Meritorious Achievement. The award will be presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2005 National Volunteer Leadership Conference & Heart & Stroke Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. next month.

AHA gives the award annually to four or five individuals who have rendered an important service to AHA in the development of its national programs. Recipients are selected based on a specific accomplishment or project.

Taylor is being recognized for his work leading to the development of a position paper, "Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Cardiovascular Disease," which was published in 1992 in Circulation, an AHA publication. The paper, which reviewed the current scientific and medical data on second-hand smoke, confirmed AHA's position that second-hand smoke significantly affects cardiovascular, platelet, and neutrophil function and plaque formation. The work concluded that environmental tobacco smoke is a major preventable cause of cardiovascular disease.

Taylor's work came at a time when controversy surrounded the issue of second-hand smoke and the recommendation it be banned from the workplace. The work has been cited by authors in several publications, such as the Journal of American College of Cardiology and the Journal of American Medical Association.

Since the publication, Taylor has contributed significantly towards advocating AHA's position on the link between environmental smoke and cardiovascular disease. He held news conferences on the issue and spoke before AHA affiliate and division boards, and the Alabama Governor's Health Conference on behalf of the AHA. In 1994, on behalf of the Coalition on Health and the Environment, an organization made up of the AHA, the American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society, Taylor testified to Congressional Subcommittees on environmental smoke and cardiovascular disease as well as the cardiovascular effect of carbon monoxide. He also presented the information at the 41st American National Health Forum and to Physicians for Environmental Change. In 1997, Taylor gave depositions regarding environmental smoke and cardiovascular disease as part of a class action suit against tobacco companies.

In addition to his work with the AHA, Taylor has been successful in a wide range of medical and scientific endeavors for almost half a century. In 1999, Taylor received the American Thoracic Society Classics in Physiology Award from the American Thoracic Society. From 1967 to 1977, he served as professor of physiology at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. An avid researcher, Taylor has published over 700 scientific publications and abstracts.

Taylor has been with USA for approximately 27 years, serving as professor and chair of the department of physiology. He has served as Fellow on the American Heart Association Circulation Council and on the Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Councils since 1978.

 
 
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