Harriet Dustan Award

Updated:Oct 8,2015

Sponsored by the Council on Hypertension

The Council on Hypertension is calling for nominations of outstanding female investigators for the Harriet Dustan Award Jan 12 - May 26, 2015.

The Harriet Dustan Award recognizes female investigators who have made outstanding contributions in the field of hypertension.  The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Harriet Dustan, an outstanding clinician and investigator who was a tireless worker on behalf of the Council on Hypertension and the American Heart Association for more than 50 years. During her career, she served as president of the American Heart Association, chaired its Ethics and Research Committees, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Hypertension.  She was also the first woman on the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

After beginning her career in 1948 in the Research Division of the Cleveland Clinic with Dr. Irvine H. Page and Dr. Arthur C. Corcoran, Dr. Dustan was among the first to suggest that reducing dietary sodium could lower hypertension and cardiac risks.  She became a major force in the field of hypertension, helping to unlock its mechanisms and develop or investigate all the early anti-hypertensive agents, thus changing hypertension from a death sentence to a treatable disease.  Dr. Dustan concluded her academic career at the University of Alabama School of Medicine as the director of the Cardiovascular Research and Training Center. 

Electronic submission of a nomination through the Council Awards Application System is required.  Hard copies of any part of the nomination cannot be accepted. 

The nomination file (submitted on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • Nominee's curriculum vitae and bibliography 
  • A signed letter of nomination from the sponsor and at least one additional supporting letter. The letters should clearly articulate the major contributions of the nominee to the field of hypertension.

    A candidate may be nominated an unlimited number of times by different individuals in the same year. The Awards Committee will assess the candidates' backgrounds, accomplishments and overall contributions to the field of hypertension.
A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at My American Heart for Professionals will be necessary to access the Application System.  If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit My American Heart for Professionals to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System.  AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

The award will be presented at the Hypertension Scientific Sessions in September, where the honoree will be asked to present a 30-minute lecture on a topic of her choice.  The honoree will also receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to the Scientific Sessions
  • Round-trip coach airfare and hotel accommodations at the conference
  • $2,000 honorarium
  • Engraved plaque

The award winner will also be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the conference, in the council newsletter, and in the supplement to Hypertension that contains the proceedings of the conference.


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Harriet Dustan Award
Past Honorees

2008   Suzanne Oparil, MD
2009   Nancy J. Brown, MD
2010   Kathryn Sandberg, PhD
2011   Chris Baylis, PhD
2012   Lisa Cassis, PhD
2013  Jane Reckelhoff, BS, PhD
2014  Lilach O. Lerman, MD, PhD
2015  Rhian Touyz, MD, PhD, FAHA

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