By Wendy Sarubbi | December 9, 2013 11:07 am

The American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (AACIO) has honored Dr. Dinender Singla, associate professor at the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, for his outstanding contributions in the field of cardiology.

The organization, which provides a central forum for physicians and scientists of Indian origin who have an interest in cardiovascular medicine, honored Dr. Singla at its national convention in Dallas.

AACIO is committed to promoting high standards in the academic and clinical practice of cardiology through educational, social, and scientific activities, and is also working to address the special cardiovascular health problems of the Indian community in the United States.

Dr. Singla’s research focuses on using stem cells to improve the recovery changes of people who have suffered from heart disease. In 2013, Dr. Singla received his third highly competitive RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and became a textbook author with the publication of “Stem Cell Biology Basic Concepts to Frontiers, Students Edition.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease accounts for one in four deaths in the United States. Dr. Singla said he is striving to discover more real-world applications for his stem cell research that will improve the recovery and quality of life for those suffering from cardiovascular disease.

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