Renowned cardiology expert to open newly named VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series

Anthony Rosenzweig
Anthony Rosenzweig

Exercise helps keep the heart healthy, but could it help teach us how to treat cardiac disease? That’s the question leading cardiologist Anthony Rosenzweig will address as he opens the ninth annual Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4.

Anthony Rosenzweig, the chief of cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, co-director of the Corrigan Minehan Center, and the Paul Dudley White Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will review how exercise protects the heart in his talk titled, “Can Exercise Teach Us to Treat Heart Failure?” He’ll also discuss how the cardiac pathways might offer potential targets for drug treatments to heal heart disease, or prevent it in the first place.

Heart disease is responsible for one out of every four deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Rosenzweig’s research program is dedicated to understanding why the heart becomes diseased and fails. He studies how exercise might be able to help the heart stay healthy, even as the cells age.

“Dr. Rosenzweig is prominent cardiologist with a highly successful and impactful record translating basic research discoveries into medical practice,” said Michael Friedlander, the executive director of the VTCRI, and Virginia Tech’s vice president for Health Sciences and Technology. “He is a co-inventor on multiple novel approaches to cardiovascular diagnoses and therapies currently licensed or in clinical trials.”

Rosenzweig is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. He previously served as an associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. He also has held the position of director of the Program in Cardiovascular Gene Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital, of a Trustee of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute, of director of cardiovascular research and associate chief of cardiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Rosenzweig is also a recipient of the Roman W. DeSanctis Clinical Scholar Award and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.

Rosenzweig’s lecture is the first in series since it was renamed. Maury L. Strauss, a Roanoke businessman and a longtime community benefactor made a $1 million gift to the VTCRI to support the series, which brings renowned researchers from around the world to Roanoke to share their work with the public.

“Roanoke has been my home since 1937,” said Strauss, the founder of the Strauss Development Corp., a real estate development firm. “I love the community and I made my living here, so I decided it was time to give back. I’ve always been impressed with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. It is a driving force, bringing these wonderful scientists to Roanoke and boosting the economy.”

The VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series is free and open to the public. A brief reception will precede each lecture.