The American Coronary heart Affiliation, the world’s main nonprofit group targeted on coronary heart and mind well being for all, has introduced that Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., M.S., FAHA, longtime volunteer of the Affiliation and famend neurologist, shall be becoming a member of the workers management group this fall as Chief Medical Science Officer. Elkind served because the nationwide volunteer President of the American Coronary heart Affiliation in 2020-21.
“Scientific analysis on the fundamental, translational and inhabitants degree has been a key pillar to the American Coronary heart Affiliation’s mission since our founding practically a century in the past. Advancing medical analysis, as we speak and into the long run, is important to constructing our understanding of how individuals are greatest cared for earlier than, throughout and after a analysis or acute occasion,” mentioned Nancy Brown, chief government officer of the Affiliation. “Medical analysis, supported by new well being applied sciences, is the subsequent frontier of scientific discovery as we transfer towards extra tailor-made, and focused, therapies for all. Dr. Elkind brings a robust mixture of large-scale analysis expertise, medical training and collaborative mentorship that make him uniquely suited to assist lead our efforts on this area.”
Because the senior workers science chief for all Affiliation initiatives associated to stroke and mind well being, Elkind will assist establish new alternatives to increase the group’s scientific, shopper, programmatic and enterprise actions associated to mind well being. He’ll work to maximise strategic enterprise relationships, together with with key know-how collaborators like Apple and Verily, to make sure subsequent technology analysis efforts are patient-centered, extremely participatory and inclusive of all populations.
I’m very excited in regards to the breadth of experience and abilities Dr. Elkind will convey to our group. He’s a training neurologist, an professional in medical trials, an epidemiologist, a thinker and a visionary. He really will convey the mind to the heart-brain connection of the Affiliation.”
Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHA, chief science and medical officer, American Coronary heart Affiliation
Elkind may also function the Affiliation’s workers liaison with the science groups of the Nationwide Coronary heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Nationwide Institute of Neurological Issues and Stroke (NINDS), the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) and different authorities companies on medical analysis points. Moreover, he’ll function the science liaison with the Affiliation’s long-standing analysis collaboration with the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Basis and the American Coronary heart Affiliation-Allen Initiative in Mind Well being and Cognitive Impairment, launched in 2018 to open new frontiers of discovery in mind well being and cognitive impairment science.
“I’m thrilled for this chance to assist construct the medical science packages of the American Coronary heart Affiliation, stretching our attain to thrilling new areas for the group, together with mind science and psychological well being, digital well being and others,” Elkind mentioned. “The Affiliation has lengthy been one of many main funders of cardiovascular analysis, and now we’re well-positioned to conduct analysis as nicely, utilizing assets developed over the previous twenty years, like our registries, knowledge platforms and analysis networks. What I’ve realized from 25 years of educational medical follow and public well being analysis is that maximizing well being and human potential requires bridging the standard divides amongst disciplines, and no group does that higher than the American Coronary heart Affiliation.”
Elkind at present serves as professor of neurology and epidemiology, and chief of the Division of Neurology Medical Outcomes Analysis and Inhabitants Sciences, at Columbia College in New York. He leads a number of federally-funded medical analysis research specializing in stroke prevention, inflammatory and infectious biomarkers in stroke danger prediction, atrial cardiopathy, immune remedy for acute stroke and vascular causes of cognitive growing old. He shall be taking a depart of absence from his place at Columbia when he begins his new function on the American Coronary heart Affiliation beginning Sept. 1, 2022.