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Professor NS Dhalla

Professor NS Dhalla

Founder Executive Director IACS

Professor Naranjan S Dhalla is the founder executive director of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences since its establishment in 1996.

Born in Ghanieke, Punjab, India, Professor Dhalla received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry from Panjab University in 1956, an A.I.C. in Chemistry from the Institution of Chemists in Calcutta, India in 1961, a Master of Science in Pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania in 1965. In 1968, he joined the University of Manitoba as an assistant professor in physiology. In 1972, he became an associate professor and a full professor in 1974. In 1991, he was appointed a distinguished professor of physiology. From 1996 to 2006, he was the director of St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre's Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. He currently serves as the executive director of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Professor Dhalla is a world leader in promoting cardiovascular education. Earlier Professor Dhalla had served the International Society for Heart Research as secretary general from 1972 to 1988 and as president elect, president, and past president from 1989 to 1998. He is credited for expanding the reach of the ISHR by establishing chapters in Russia, China, Japan, India, South America and in many other countries of the world. Now, he has been promoting the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences to make it a unique forum for the exchange of information in the world. The IACS is structured with an international executive and board members, with headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. At present, the Academy has established seven sections in India, Japan, China, Russia, Europe, South and North America which are operating independently, but in a coordinated fashion. IACS has 234 Fellows and 22 Fellows Emeritus (cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and scientists from more than 40 countries), who have been elected in recognition of their distinguished achievements. IACS presents endowed awards and bestows its prestigious Medals of Merit annually.