University of Washington's Division of Cardiology
Selected from 15 applicants, the University of Washington's Division of Cardiology will receive $50,000 to conduct the research project entitled: Are There Gender-Related Differences in Atherosclerosis Plaque Composition and Response to Therapy? Heart attacks and strokes have increased among middle-aged women. Yet, heart attacks have decreased and strokes have remained stable among middle-aged men, in recent years. Atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, is the process which results in heart attacks and strokes. The risk factors that result in atherosclerosis and subsequent heart attacks and strokes have improved in men but not in women. This study will advance our understanding of how heart disease differs biologically between women and men, which will have significant implications for improving women's therapy.
"Better understanding the gender differences in heart disease is important," said Ann Carstensen, executive director of Alpha Phi Foundation. "We believe our investment in this innovative research will go a step further by significantly lowering the number of deaths among women."
The mission of University of Washington Medicine is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals.
For more than 50 years, Alpha Phi Foundation has focused on women’s heart health as a philanthropic priority. Through its annual Heart to Heart Grant, made possible by individual donors and proceeds from collegiate and alumnae Red Dress events, the Foundation funds research and educational programs to improve women’s heart health. As a result of these efforts, health care professionals and women everywhere are learning more about the causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women.