Baylor College of Medicine's work in arrhythmia research was recognized recently at this year's Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions.

Dr. Sameer Ather, resident in medicine at BCM, was awarded the international Young Investigators Award for his research presentation titled, "Destabilization of Ryanodine Receptor - Junctophilin 2 Interaction Causes Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ Leak and Atrial Fibrillation.” Ather, who works in the lab of Dr. Xander Wehrens, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and cardiology at BCM, was chosen for the award out of 46 other international entries.

Ather joins another BCM resident as a young investigator awardee. Dr. Mihail G. Chelu, clinical postdoctoral fellow in medicine - cardiology at BCM, was the recipient four years ago.

This awards competition, now in its 32nd year, recognizes and encourages the work of young investigators in cardiac electrophysiology and their parent institutions.

Dr. Jun Wang, postdoctoral associate in molecular physiology at BCM, was awarded the Michael Bilitch Fellowship in Cardiology Pacing and Electrophysiology. During this fellowship, Wang will work on a one-year project titled, "Investigation of MicroRNAs in Atrial Fibrillation.” Wang, who was one of six awardees, is a member of the lab of Dr. James F. Martin, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at BCM.