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Wylie Scholar: Sean English, MD, Washington University

Redwood City, CA, June 1, 2017
Vascular Cures has named Sean English, MD as the 2017 Wylie Scholar.

The Wylie Scholar Program, now in its 21st year, awards three-year $150,000 research grants to young vascular surgeon-scientists to pursue innovative patient-centered research projects. It is one of the most important grants for early-career investigators as it launches their ability to successfully compete for NIH and other grants. Dr. English is the 20th Wylie Scholar and the 4th one from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The long-term goal of his research is to develop new ways to diagnose and limit the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Ruptured AAAs have a mortality rate over 90%.  His research will assess noninvasive ways to effectively neutralize a signaling molecule that plays an integral role in both AAA development and rupture.

Dr. English said “I am honored to be acknowledged in this manner as a surgeon-scientist, and I am incredibly humbled to be in the company of the prior recipients. We share the same passion and vision to evolve the way we diagnose, survey, and treat vascular disease in a more patient-specific fashion.”

“The Wylie award has helped launch the research careers of vascular surgeons who have contributed to the scientific understanding of, and treatment advances in, aneurysmal disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and diabetes,” said Dr. Luis Sanchez, Section Head, Division of Vascular Surgery, Washington University. “The support of young surgeon-scientists has helped shape our vascular research program since 1996, when our own Robert Thompson, MD was the first winner of the award.”

The Wylie Scholar program was established by Vascular Cures, a national non-profit advancing innovation in healthcare and research for diseases outside the heart. The program’s investment has generated a 16:1 return in subsequent funding for the scholars and their institutions. The program is co-sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery.

About Vascular Cures
Vascular Cures is the only national non-profit representing the millions of patients with vascular disease. For more than 30 years, it has transformed patient lives through support of innovative research and programs that advance patient-centered healthcare.

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