Two Selected for William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Award

Muralidhar Padala and Pablo Martinez-Legazpi to be honored by American College of Cardiology

Contact: Nicole Napoli,, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Mar 09, 2015) -

Muralidhar Padala, Ph.D., and Pablo Martinez-Legazpi, Ph.D., were named winners of the American College of Cardiology’s prestigious  William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Award.  The awards recognize two outstanding papers published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology by primary authors who are within five years of completing training requirements for a specialty board certification or a Ph.D.

Padala, who conducted his research at Emory University in Atlanta, is being honored for his study: “Temporal Changes in Interpapillary Muscle Dynamics as an Active Indicator of Mitral Valve and Left Ventricular Interaction in Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation in Humans.” His mentor Robert Guyton, M.D., was also recognized. Padala’s manuscript was published in the November 4, 2014, issue of JACC.

Martinez-Legazpi is affiliated with the Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid and attends the University of California, San Diego; he is being recognized for his study: “Contribution of the Diastolic Vortex Ring to Left Ventricular Filling.” Two mentors who supported Martinez-Legazpi will also be recognized: Javier Bermejo, M.D., Ph.D., and Juan C. del Álamo, AeEng, Ph.D. The study was published in the October 21, 2014, issue of JACC.

The award, named for Dr. William W. Parmley, a past editor-in-chief of JACC, honors two young authors per year. Papers are judged on originality, methodology, presentation and importance. The award commends not only the young investigator but also the program in which he or she is working. The Parmley Prize is funded by Elsevier.

“William Parmley was a pioneer for all cardiovascular researchers,” said JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., “I feel proud that JACC continues to honor his legacy by recognizing up-and-coming researchers, as well as their mentors and institutional research programs.”

This year’s Parmley Awards will be given out during the ACC’s 64th Annual Scientific Sessions taking place March 14-16 in San Diego. The award includes a stipend to attend an ACC educational event, a plaque and special recognitions at the ACC.15 Convocation Program, at the JACC Editorial Board meeting and in an upcoming issue of JACC.

The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which publishes peer-reviewed research on all aspects of CVD, is the most widely read cardiovascular journal worldwide. JACC is ranked No. 1 among cardiovascular journals worldwide for its scientific impact.


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