Current Opinion in Cardiology was launched in 1985. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of cardiology is divided into 14 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editor for this issue.
Robert Roberts received his MD from Dalhousie University completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Toronto. Funded by a Canadian Heart Foundation Scholarship, he pursued research in enzymology and cardiac metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, following which he was Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Barnes Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University. In 1982, he accepted a position as Chief of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. On April 1, 2004, Dr Roberts was appointed President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Director of The Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre.
Dr Roberts has had a distinguished and prolific career as a Cardiologist, Educator and Scientist having published over 700 scientific articles and was awarded the Most Highly Cited Researcher (2002). He developed the MCBK Test which was used to diagnose heart attacks for three decades. Dr Roberts' research led him to the discovery of several genes for heart disease. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Dr Roberts has received many awards including the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology (1998), the Award of Meritorious Achievement for the American Heart Association (2001), was awarded the McLaughlin Award from the Royal Society of Canada (2008), Albrecht Fleckenstein Memorial Award from the International Academy of Cardiology (2008), Master of the American College of Cardiology (2007) and the Robert Beamish Leadership Award (2005).
Dr Roberts has served several leadership roles with the NIH: Cardiovascular Study Section (1979–1982), Cardiology Advisory Committee (1984–1988) and Advisory Council (2000–2001). Similarly, he has played an active leadership role with the American Heart Association including: Chairman, Study Section for Physiology and Pathophysiology (1990–1993); Member, Central Research Review Committee (1990–1995); National Scientific Sessions Committee (1986-1990); Vice Chairman and Chairman, Research Planning Evaluation Committee (1994–2001); Member of Board of Directors (1999–2001) and Vice President (2001–2002). He has been equally active in the American College of Cardiology, in 1991, served as Chairman, Scientific Sessions for the American College of Cardiology, Member, Board of Trustees (1996–2001), Chairman, Young Investigators' Awards Committee (1988–1990), Member of Budget, Finance & Investment Committee (1997–2003), Nominating Committee (1998–2000) and Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Merchk/Pfizer/ACCF (2000–2006), Member, CIHR Team Grant A (2007-Pressent). Dr Roberts is the Editor of Current Opinion in Cardiology and a member of the Editorial Board of several prestigious cardiology journals. He has lectured throughout the world including several notable plenary addresses: Opening Plenary speaker at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (1995); Japanese College of Cardiology (1995); Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (1995); Japanese Circulation Society (1997); Simon Dack Presidential Address at the ACC Scientific Sessions (2002) and State-of-the-Art Lecture, Canadian Cardiovascular Society (2005).
Dr Anthony Tang is Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He obtained his MD from the University of Toronto, Canada, and his internal medicine and cardiology clinical training at the University of Ottawa. He then obtained a Heart and Stroke Research Fellowship to receive electrophysiology research training at Duke University Medical Centre, USA. Dr Tang is currently at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia.
Dr Tang is a well published investigator recognized nationally and internationally for the research in device therapy for cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure. Dr Tang has previously been successful in the area of electrophysiology research. The successes of his research efforts are varied. He has been awarded funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation for a number of research projects including effects of medication on defibrillation and evaluating the effects of cellular telephones on defibrillators. He was the recipient of a Medical Research Council of Canada operating grant to investigate quality of life issues in relation to pacemakers.
Dr Tang's main focus of research at present is funded by the Canadian Institute of Health research through the Clinical Trials University/Industry program. This research involves determining the efficacy of pacing therapy in patients with advanced heart failure and conduction abnormality. In addition, in April 2007, Dr Tang was the recipient of the CIHR Research Chair in Device Arrhythmia for Cardiac Arrhythmias.
Dr Tang is an internationally renowned researcher and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and is a peer reviewer for five scientific journals as well as grant reviewer for Heart and Stroke and Canadian Institute of Health research. Presently his publication record includes 109 peer reviewed papers, 209 abstracts and four book chapters.