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Stephen Archer earns top honour in heart research

This past week, Dr. Stephen Archer travelled to New Orleans to accept a very special honour from one of the world’s most important organizations for cardiovascular health and research: he received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association.

The Distinguished Scientist designation was created in 2003 to honor American Heart Association members who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research. The American Heart Association’s Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has advanced the understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This prestigious honour is a celebration of Dr. Archer’s lifetime of ground-breaking research and a long list of discoveries that have advanced care for patients with pulmonary hypertension and cancer.

Now a world-renowned cardiologist and scientist, Dr. Archer grew up on the east coast of Canada. He came to Queen’s to study medicine and graduated in 1981. Dr. Archer completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He then was a Faculty Cardiologist at the University of Minnesota for ten years. Moving back to Canada in 1998, Dr. Archer served as Chief of Cardiology at the University of Alberta for nine years before moving on to the University of Chicago. After four years serving as Chief of Cardiology there, he returned to Queen’s to take a position as Head of the Department of Medicine at Queen’s. And in his role as head, Dr. Archer has had a transformational impact on the Department of Medicine and its research portfolio. In a few months’ time, the Queen’s CardioPulmonary Unit (Q-CPU) – a state of the art international research unit spearheaded by Dr. Archer – will open its doors on campus.

Dr. Archer holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mitochondrial Dynamics and Translational Medicine. He recently received a $4 million CIHR Foundation Award to support a project examining the mechanism of mitochondrial fission with a focus on understanding the interaction between an enzyme called dynamic relate protein 1 (Drp1) and its four binding partners. To learn more about his research read his recent blog post: Targeting Mitochondrial Dynamics to Treat Cancer and Pulmonary Hypertension.

Please share your words of congratulations and thoughts on this award by commenting on the blog, or better yet, drop by Dr. Archer’s office in Etherington Hall…his door is always open.

 

 

Bob Reid

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:42

Congratulations Stephen, This is a very prestigious and well deserved award.Great leadership in research!!

Bob Reid

Kanji Nakatsu

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:43

Congratulations Stephen. I knew that we had a star in our midst; I just didn’t realize how brightly it shone. All the best for continuing success and recognition.

Kanji Nakatsu

Henry Dinsdale

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:43

Congratulations indeed Stephen. The Department, as well as your lab, are in very good hands.

Henry Dinsdale

Nadia Warchola

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:43

Congratulations Stephen. You never stop amazing us all.
So many will benefit with your brilliant research. A well deserved award to a most wonderful physician , researcher, scientist and friend.
Continued success in all that you do…..Warchola’s

Nadia Warchola

DrDavid Reynolds

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:43

Outstanding. As a patient with an assortment of cardiac conditions, I am alive because of research like yours. — 80 year old

DrDavid Reynolds

Vera Soltykewych

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:44

Outstanding achievements Dr. Archer. I have the utmost respect and admiration for your exceptional work and dedication. After spending time in the IC unit while my late son was on life support, I was humbled by the medical profession especially for doctors like you who go above and beyond expectations.
I congratulate you and am privileged to have met you. I wish you continued success.

Vera Soltykewych .

Vera Soltykewych

Bill Moore Meds ''62

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:44

Congratulations Dr. Archer! For a bit of historical perspective, my wife-to-be was a KGH nurse (1962-3) in the then new CardioPulmonary Unit helping Drs. John Parker and Rocky West with cardiac catheterizations while I was a KGH Intern having helped with some Queen’s Department of Medicine research on dietary-effects-on-serum-cholesterol, then blood-coagulation. Dr. Ford Connel was head of the Department of Medicine (my esteemed mentor), as was his father for my father (Queen’s Meds 1928). Thank you for all you are achieving in advancing the ever-more sophisticated realm of Cardiology research, clinical care and teaching. Everyone will benefit, maybe now, but soon or later.

Bill Moore Meds ''62

Tony Sanfilippo

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:44

In the cardiology community, this is as good as it gets. A truly impressive and well deserved accomplishment that brings credit to our school, not to mention the class of Queen’s Meds ’81!

Tony Sanfilippo

I couldn’t agree more, Dr. Sanfilippo. Dr. Archer is a gem. Brilliant. Personable. Genuine. Still excited about his research and very dedicated. All of that AND an excellent communicator both when he presents at meetings and in his blog posts. Chicago’s loss, Kingston’s gain. I think perhaps he has a superhero cape hiding in his closet somewhere…..in any case, congratulations to you Dr. Archer. Fantastic achievement and much deserved.

Moira Browne

Victor Lirette

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:45

We are truly pleased by the recognition you have received. Your academic and scientific accomplishments are inspiring and only surpassed by who you are as a person. Having experienced your humanity and generosity, we could not think of a more deserving candidate.

Warmly,

Victor and Chris Lirette

Victor Lirette

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