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.

Academic and Professional Profile and Achievements of Dr. Naranjan Dhalla

Since leaving India for the United States in 1961, Naranjan Dhalla has been fully committed for the development of his professional career. His academic achievements are as follows:

After receiving MS and PhD degrees in Pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh in 1965, Dr. Dhalla served the St. Louis University as Assistant Professor for a period of 2 years. He joined the University of Manitoba in the Department of Physiology in 1968, progressed through ranks and became full Professor in 1974. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine, and Director Cardiovascular Development at the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Center.
He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was awarded MD (Hons) degree from the Charles University, Prague in 1995. He has received Honorary DSc degrees from 5 Academic Institutions namely Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava (1997); Panjab University, Chandigarh (2009); Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (2010); University of Kragujevac, Serbia (2014); University of Argentina, Buenos Aires (2015). In addition, he was awarded Honorary Professorship/Professor Honoris Causa from 4 different Universities of Romania and China.
Dr. Dhalla is a research scientist in cardiovascular pathophysiology and pharmacology and his achievements in the field of experimental and translational cardiology are as follows:

He has established the subcellular and molecular basis of cardiac dysfunction in ischemic heart disease, infective cardiomyopathy, diabetic cardiomyopathy and genetic cardiomyopathy, as well as congestive heart failure due to myocardial infarction, pressure-overload and volume-overload. He was among the first group of investigators to identify defects in membrane Ca2+-transport systems as well as β-adrenoceptor and phospholipid mediated signal transduction mechanisms during the development of cardiac dysfunction in heart disease.
His research work has provided evidence for establishing the roles of intracellular Ca2+-overload, oxidative stress and protease activation in the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction in addition to discovering the role of oxidation products of catecholamines in stress-induced heart disease. He was first to demonstrate the presence, isolation and characterization of Ca2+/Mg2+-ecto ATPase in cardiac cell membrane. This novel ATPase was shown to be an adhesion molecule and serve as a gating system for excessive entry of Ca2+ for the occurrence of intracellular Ca2+-overload in heart disease.
As of July 16, 2018, he has published 630 research papers in refereed journals and 184 review articles in books and monographs. According to Google Scholar, his research work has been cited 26,090 times with an h-factor of 75.
He has trained 163 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and BSc Med students in an effort to build a highly skilled manpower in the field of cardiovascular science and medicine.
He has given 516 invited talks at different national and international conferences as well as various academic institutions to promote the scientific basis of cardiology.
Dr. Dhalla is a scholar and promotor of cardiovascular science and his achievements in this regard are as follows:

He has been serving as Editor-in-Chief of a major medical journal “Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry” since 1987. This journal, published by Springer, New York, prints 12 issues and about 3,000 pages per year and has an international editorial board of 80 members.
He has promoted the development of Canadian Journal of Cardiology in his capacity as Associate Editor for a period of 25 years and served on the Editorial Board of 26 other national and international journals during his professional career.
He has edited 56 books (350 to 500 pages each) for the benefits of professionals and graduate students in the fields of Experimental Cardiology and Translational Medicine.
Dr. Dhalla has established quarterly publications of Heart News and Views (Since 1992) for International Society for Heart Research, and CV Network (Since 1998) for International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, for promoting communication between professionals and lay people.
His scientific work and scholarly activities have been recognized in the form of 197 honours and awards (including the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and Induction into the Citizens Hall of Fame in Winnipeg) from all over the world.
Dr. Dhalla is a builder and organizer for promoting cardiovascular research and education and his achievements are as follows:

The first Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research in Canada was set up by the Medical Research Council under his Directorship in Winnipeg in 1978. This enabled him to recruit five faculty members and provided stimulus to the University of Manitoba to make cardiovascular science as a priority area for further development.
He promoted the development of International Society for Heart Research during 1972-1996 for the exchange of information in cardiovascular research all over the world. He served this Organization first as Secretary General for 15 years and then as President for 9 years.
He founded the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences in 1996 for the promotion of cardiovascular education as well as prevention and treatment of heart disease throughout the world. He has been serving this organization in his capacity as Executive director and was elected as Honorary Life President in 2014.
Since 1987 he served as Founding Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Science (formerly known as Division of Cardiovascular Science) at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg for 19 years. He recruited several highly talented Faculty Members and built a high profile multidisciplinary training program in cardiovascular research and education. The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation established the Naranjan Dhalla Chair at this Institute to recognize his services.
He established endowments for 9 Awards at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation to recognize excellence for established investigators, staff members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in 1998. These Named Awards in honour of different distinguished individuals are given annually by the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, which has been designated “Naranjan Dhalla Awards Day” for the Awards Ceremony.
He has made endowments at the University of Manitoba for 8 Annual Named Awards to promote excellence in education for graduate students; one in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, two in the College of Medicine and 5 in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology.
In his capacity as chairman, he organized the World Heart Congress (2001) in Winnipeg for the prevention and treatment of heart diseases, which was attended by more than 2,000 professionals including 560 speakers from 74 countries. In addition, he organized 12 other conferences in Winnipeg (which were attended by 350-600 national and international participants during 1972-2014) for raising the cardiovascular profile of Manitoba and Canada in the World.
During the past 46 years, he has helped in the organization of 126 other conferences all over the world in his capacity as Member of different Organizing Committees, Honorary President/Chairman or Patron of Conferences for promoting young investigators and research collaborations as well as for training future generation of cardiovascular scientists.
On the basis of his research work, he co-founded a highly successful biotech drug discovery company “Medicure” in Winnipeg in 1998 for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.