Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA, Senior Associate Dean of Research, Vera J. Goodfriend Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Research and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, has been elected to serve as president-elect of the American Heart Association (AHA).
Houser’s election furthers the mission of the AHA, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease. An internationally respected cardiovascular researcher, Houser has helped define many fundamental features of normal cardiac myocyte and identify molecular and cellular processes that produce abnormal cardiac myocyte function in cardiovascular disease. Under a current NIH grant, his research group is now working to develop new approaches to prevent, slow or reverse damage to the heart after a heart attack. Click here to learn more about this research.
During Houser’s long association with the AHA, he has served as a board member, chair of the research committee and president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania affiliate. He has also worked on a number of national AHA committees. His one-year term as president-elect runs through June 30, 2016. He will then serve a one-year term as AHA president beginning July 1, 2016.