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 NS Dhalla
Founder Executive Director
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.
To promote cardiovascular education of professionals and lay people and to recognize major cardiovascular achievement throughout the world.
I am delighted to accept my appointment as President of the India Section of International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS).
The India Section was initiated in 2004 on the proposal of Prof. Naranjan Dhalla, founder of IACS. Professor NK. Ganguly, former Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research and a renowned microbiologist and Professor of Experimental Medicine & Biotechnology was its first President.
We feel that the India Section has proven its viability and has matured sufficiently to attempt initiating new activities for the growth of the practice of cardiovascular research in India. I express my sincere thanks to all the past office bearers for everything they have done for the sustenance and growth of the India section. I realize the responsibility linked to my position as President of this society, in creating an identity and also gaining for the India section respectability among cardiologists, scientists as well as the public. I promise to do my best for the growth of the Academy.
The Executive Council of the India Section has been re-constituted this year. The new Council has representations from National Institutes, Medical Colleges and Universities of different regions/States of India and various disciplines related to cardiovascular sciences. There is also adequate representation of women (30%) as well as young scientists in the Council (Table 1). The Society is now registered as an independent body under The Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. A new website has also been launched (www.cardiovascularsciences.org).
Any Academy as all of you are aware is a society of distinguished scholars and the primary objective of an Academy devoted to cardiovascular sciences would be to bring to its fold, all types of practitioners of cardiovascular science - cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, pathologists, pharmacologists, physiologists, public health experts and nutritionists. The first goal of the new Council would thus be to expand the membership of the Indian section of the Academy by enlisting investigators form different disciplines and from different parts of India.