books related to health for the public in Spain (bestsellers, presently being translated into English). Dr. Fuster has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Nature journal that focuses on cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Fuster is the only cardiologist to receive all four major research awards from the four major cardiovascular organizations: The Distinguished Researcher Award (Interamerican Society of Cardiology, 2005), the Andreas Gruntzig Scientific Award (European Society of Cardiology, 1992), Distinguished Scientist (American Heart Association, 2003), and the Distinguished Scientist Award (American College of Cardiology, 1993). In addition, he has received the Principe de Asturias Award of Science and Technology (the highest award given to Spanish-speaking scientists), the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Cardiology, the Gold Heart Award (American Heart Association’s highest award), and the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology (the highest award, Vienna, September 2007). Dr. Fuster has four ongoing projects as part of the World Heart Federation: “Promoting health as a priority” in children of Bogotá with Sesame Street, “Promoting health as a priority” in adults in The Island of Grenada, polypill developed in Spain for low and middle income countries, and a project with Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs focused on chronic diseases (as an addition to the Millennium project) in the African villages (Rwanda).


Dr. Arun Chockalingam is the Director of Global Health and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He recently completed his term as the Associate Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. Dr. Chockalingam received his Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, (Madras) Chennai, India, after which he moved to Canada and continued his studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. There he completed his Ph.D. and later joined the Faculty of Medicine. During his career, Dr. Chockalingam has addressed the diagnosis, epidemiology, and effect of lifestyle on hypertension, both within and outside of Canada. Dr. Chockalingam was the President of the Canadian Coalition for High Blood Pressure Prevention and Control (now Blood Pressure Canada) for 7 years. He has been an active and influential member of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program. He is currently Secretary General of the World Hypertension League and, since 2005, has initiated and organized World Hypertension Day, an annual public awareness campaign, both in Canada and worldwide. Dr. Chockalingam’s areas of research are hypertension prevention and control, control of cardiovascular risk factors, ethnicity, gender and cardiovascular diseases, patient education, clinical trials research, methodology, and global determinants of health. In regards to heart health, hypertension, and preventive cardiology, he has organized a number of national and international conferences, has



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