Gordon H. Williams, MD, will address the mechanisms of hyperaldosteronism during his “Meet the Legend” presentation on Saturday at 2:15 pm.
Dr. Williams, Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has focused his research on the genetics of complex diseases involving hormonal mechanisms, specifically hypertension and diabetes mellitus. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, chapters and books.
A lifelong interest of Dr. Williams has been to understand the mechanisms by which aldosterone participates in cardiovascular diseases. He has been one of the major forces behind the International Aldosterone Conference.
According to his research profile at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, his current research focuses on the RAAS kallikrein, cortisol, adducin, the beta-2 adrenergic receptor and ion transport systems. His group is working to determine the role of aldosterone in producing CV disease at molecular, cellular, organ, whole animal and clinical levels. His recent studies suggest that aldosterone has a wide range of effects including inducing microvascular ischemia, thrombosis, fibrosis, and inflammatory responses many of them potentially mediated by aldosterone’s interaction with caveolins.
A strong advocate for education and support of clinical research, he has served as the president of the General Clinical Research Center’s Program Directors Association and the Association for Patient Oriented Research and General Clinical Research Association’s Training Program Directors.
Dr. Williams is a past recipient of the Robert Tigerstedt Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Hypertension, the Outstanding Leadership in Endocrinology Award from the Endocrine Society, and the 2010 Clinical Research Prize of the American Heart Association.
Session Notes: S51: Meet the legend: Dr. Gordon Williams on Hyperaldosteronism 2:15 pm Saturday in Room 311 Anand Vaidya, MD, will serve as moderator.