French honor cardiovascular researcher Olson (’81)
June 15th, 2009
Eric Olson (’81), chairman of molecular biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been awarded the Institut de France’s Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation Grand Prize for his work on gene regulation in the cardiovascular system. The prize has an international reputation as the most prestigious award in cardiovascular research and was presented June 10 in France by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.
“I consider this award one of the highest honors of my career,” said Dr. Olson, who is director of the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Basic Research in Cancer and the Nearburg Family Center for Basic Research in Pediatric Oncology. “It’s a wonderful recognition of the many scientists in my lab from throughout the United States and around the world who have contributed to this effort. They really deserve the credit.”
Dr. Olson studies how the heart and blood vessels form, how they rebuild themselves after injury, and how genetic mutations and stress can cause heart disease.