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endowment provided support to allow me to collaborate with mathematicians
and physicists to investigate this question,” he says. “If
you can detect the chaos, you can get insights into the mechanisms
that are causing it. That led to a new approach to develop drugs
to prevent fibrillation. That’s a good example of how seed
money can support a program.”
research led to UCLA becoming a National Institutes of Health Specialized
Center of Research (SCOR) in Sudden Cardiac Death, one of only three
in the country. “Our program evolved directly from resources
that came from this chair,” Weiss says.
scientific answers is like working a jigsaw puzzle, putting small
research points together, building on what others have found in
their studies and taking one step at a time. “But you don’t
solve the puzzle by yourself,” Weiss says. “You solve
it over time through the collective efforts of many scientists.”
Kawata Chair was established in 1991 by cardiologist and UCLA Clinical
Professor of Medicine Nobuyuki Kawata, who passed away last year.
Kawata, co-founder of the UCLA Heart Failure and Heart Transplant
Program, endowed the chair in memory of his wife, Chizuko.
Weiss brings to the Kawata Chair a tremendous blend of academic
and clinical medicine,” says Jon A. Kobashigawa, medical director
of the UCLA Heart Transplant Program and Kawata’s son-in-law.
who is also a clinical professor of medicine/cardiology and chief
of the Division of Clinical Faculty Medicine at UCLA, says his colleague
has been a pioneer in the understanding of cardiac injury and arrhythmias
in patients who suffer heart attacks, and his work has led to the
development of life-saving therapies.
Kobashigawa: “Dr. Weiss truly represents the finest in education,
research and patient care that epitomizes the memory of Dr. Kawata.”