On June 14, the American Heart/Stroke Association held its first annual Researcher Dinner. The Pitt County area has had a long history of supporting the American Heart/Stroke Association and its mission to create healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars have come directly back to East Carolina University to support new and promising heart related innovations being developed right here.
This event was the first of an annual celebration that will allow our community to meet and learn about the contributions of our researchers and the impact they are making. Robert M. Lust, Ph.D., chairman of the physiology department at the Brody School of Medicine, led off the program. Lust spoke of the great strides made, but showed how we in the east have a higher mortality rate for heart, stroke, cancer and diabetes than the rest of North Carolina.
Next we heard from Samuel F. Sears, Jr., Ph.D., director of health psychology at Brody School of Medicine. Sears established the first and only fully integrated clinical, research, teaching cardiac psychology service at East Carolina Heart Institute. He has been recognized for his ground-breaking work in health psychology. Sears discussed the outstanding doctoral students at ECU, their contributions and the future of the present doctoral students.
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