Penn researcher wins award for aspirin work

Garret FitzGerald of Penn was honored.
Garret FitzGerald of Penn was honored.
Posted: April 19, 2013

Garret FitzGerald, chair of the pharmacology department at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2013 Grand Prix Scientifique, considered the world's most prestigious honor for cardiovascular research.

FitzGerald shares the prize with Carlo Patrono, chair of pharmacology at Catholic University in Rome, for their work showing that low-dose aspirin can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

The prize, valued at 500,000 euros ($650,000), will be awarded under the presidency of the chancellor of the Institut de France and the president of the French Academy of Sciences on June 5.

In a statement, FitzGerald said he was delighted to receive the prize and to share it with Patrono.

FitzGerald was the first to predict and explain the heart risks of anti-inflammatory painkillers such as Vioxx and Celebrex. - Marie McCullough

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