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Founder, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences

The International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Established by renowned Cardiovascular Scientists, Surgeons and Cardiologists, the Academy provides the organizational structure for the world-wide sharing of research and education information in the field of heart health.

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.

Our Mission

To promote cardiovascular education of professionals and lay people and to recognize major cardiovascular achievement throughout the world.

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President’s Message

Thank you for electing me as President for another term.
The Indian section of IACS has grown slowly but steadily during the last three years. You have all been updated with our activities through the communications from our Secretary General.
I would for your consideration, like to deliberate on some of the challenges that cardiovascular scientists in India face today. Most of these are indeed, not unique to our country.I see four major challenges, some of which seem to expand. The first one is to meet the societal expectations from us.

Thanks to advances in early diagnostic tests, risk factor management and improvements in treatment strategies, many patients who previously would have died because of heart diseases now survive. Be that as it may, the impact of chronic heart disease and comorbidities on quality of life and health care resources continues undiminished.Heart disease continues to be major killer of both men and women around the world and in India as well. The problem continues to expand despite a steady stream of advances. Aging population, deteriorating life style related behaviours due to changes in environmental and socioeconomic conditions and the epidemic of obesity and diabetes contribute to increasing prevalence of heart diseases.

CC Kartha


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