The nominees were evaluated and two winners selected by a Judging Panel of three world-renowned cardiologists.
Chairman: A. John Camm Chairman of the Division of Cardiac and Vascular Sciences at St. George's, London, United Kingdom.
Professor Camm graduated from Guy's Hospital, London and pursued a career in Cardiology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital where he was a Wellcome Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine and later the Sir Ronald Bodley Scott Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine. In 1986 he moved to the British Heart Foundation Chair in Clinical Cardiology at St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, United Kingdom and became the Director of the Department of Cardiological Sciences.
Professor Camm is presently Chairman of the Division of Cardiac and Vascular Sciences at St. George's, London, United Kingdom.
Professor Camm's research is predominantly clinical and concerns all areas of cardiac arrhythmology. He has contributed very substantially to the identification of arrhythmic risk in post infarction, heart failure and cardiomyopathy patients, and the prevention of sudden death in high risk patients with cardiovascular disease.
His studies and clinical trials of antiarrhythmic drug therapy have been particularly valuable. Stemming from this experience he developed a very influential research portfolio relating to the proarrhythmic effects of antiarrhythmic drugs, especially in the form of acquired long QT syndrome and sudden cardiac death.
He has also published much on clinical electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic techniques used for the assessment and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and the design and clinical prescription of implantable devices for rhythm monitoring and rhythm control. Professor Camm is past Co-Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Cardiac Arrhythmias, past President of the British Pacing & Electrophysiology Group, past Trustee of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology and past Councillor of the Royal College of Physicians.
He is Immediate Past President of the British Cardiac Society and presently Convenor for Medicine, London University, Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians / British Cardiac Society Joint Cardiology Committee, and President of the Arrhythmia Alliance.2005 Jury Chairman.
Kim M. Fox Professor of Clinical Cardiology at the Royal Brompton Hospital Director of Specialty at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals of London, United Kingdom.
Dr Fox is Professor of Clinical Cardiology at the Royal Brompton Hospital Director of Specialty at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals of London, United Kingdom. He trained at the Hammersmith Hospital and Great Ormond Street. Dr Fox is Chairman Education Committee (1988-1991), Member of Council (1987-1991), and Executive Committee (1982-1992) of the British Heart Foundation. He is Council Member (1989-1993), Chairman Medical Practice Committee (1992-1994) of the British Cardiac Society and past Associate Editor of the British Heart Journal.
He is Co Chairman of ESC Working Group on Coronary Circulation (1992-1994) and Editor in Chief, European Heart Journal (1995-2002).
Dr Fox is now Chairman of the International Cardiology Forum, Member of Scientific Advisory Committee of Leducq Foundation and Member of Executive Committee of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of World Heart Foundation.
Dr Fox is Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of the European Society of Cardiology (2002-2004) and he is President-Elect 2004-to date of the Society. He is also Chairman of the Task Force for Stable Angina and the EuroHeart Survey for Stable Angina. His area of clinical expertise includes all aspects of clinical cardiology but he has a particular interest in ischaemic heart disease, specifically the investigation and management of patients with stable angina.
He published 216 peer review original articles while the total number of publications is 411.
He participated in Steering Committee of several multicentre clinical trials including Chairman of the TIBET, INTERCEPT and EUROPA studies. He has served on the Data Monitoring Committee of ISIS III, ISIS IV, Heart Protection Study and ASCOT.
Michael R. Rosen Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Molecular Therapeutics in the Department of Pharmacology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, United States.
Dr Rosen is the Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Molecular Therapeutics in the Department of Pharmacology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, United States.
Dr Rosen received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1960 and the Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in 1964. He subsequently trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Montefiore Hospital in New York, served in the United States Air Force and then was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at Columbia University. He joined the faculty of that department in 1972 and has remained there throughout his career, becoming Professor of Pharmacology and Pediatrics in 1981. He is also Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University.
Dr Rosen has had diverse research interests: he initially focused on the identification, mechanisms and clinical implications of triggered activity, and subsequently on developmental cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac memory and most recently, gene and stem cell therapies for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. He has received long-term funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and has been an author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts. In addition to his scientific accomplishments in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, Dr Rosen has contributed to science-related activities in the academic and lay communities. These activities include chairing the Basic Science Council and the Scientific Program Committee of the American Heart Association, and an activist role in issues of broader perspective, such as public and political education on the importance of science to society and the protection of scientific funding for this mission. Dr Rosen is recipient of many awards, among them the AHA's Award of Merit and Chairman's Award, the Einthoven Award commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Einthoven's invention of the electrocardiogram, and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Heart Rhythm Society.