PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 The American HeartAssociation and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters KluwerHealth, are pleased to announce that Keith Barnard, M.B., B.S., has won theU.K. Medical Journalists' Association's (MJA) prestigious Health Editor of theYear award. Dr. Barnard was recognized for his work as Managing Editor of the"European Perspectives in Cardiology" section of Circulation: Journal of theAmerican Heart Association.
The announcement was made at the MJA's summer awards ceremony, held inLondon in July. Dr. Barnard said, "One of the reasons behind the introductionof the 'European Perspectives' section was to emphasize to cardiologists inEurope that Circulation is much more than an American publication forAmericans, but is open to cardiologists across the globe, and especially inEurope."
"Subscriptions to Circulation in Europe have increased, and I hope thatthe 'European Perspectives' section has contributed at least in part to thisturn around," Dr. Barnard said. "One factor has surely been that we have beenable to provide a platform that allows cardiologists in Europe to address thediversity of practice that occurs as a result of working in such a variety ofcountries, each with their own culture, health problems, training methods,financing issues and differing systems of health provision."
"European Perspectives in Cardiology" has been a familiar presence toEuropean cardiologists since its launch in the January 2006 issue ofCirculation. The section appears weekly in all print copies of the journaldistributed outside North America, and is available online for subscribersworldwide on the Circulation website at http://circ.ahajournals.org.
The special section highlights the issues, developments, and debatesaffecting cardiology research and practice across Europe -- "from Tallinn toTurkey, from Denmark to Damascus," according to Dr. Barnard. Features includediscussions and commentaries by European experts on current issues andcontroversies in cardiovascular medicine, profiles of key opinion leaders,news on the latest drugs and intervention strategies, a listing of EuropeanCardiology meetings, and more.
"In making nominations for Health Editor of the Year, the members of theMJA are considering journalistic values: style, originality, readability,newsworthiness, as well as scientific values like accuracy, honesty andbalance," commented Philippa Pigache, an experienced medical journalist andauthor and Honorary Secretary of the MJA. "From samples of 'EuropeanPerspectives,' voters could see that Keith had achieved pages that werelively, readable, newsworthy and wide-ranging without in any way departingfrom a high standard on content worthy of Circulation."
After the award ceremony, Dr. Barnard said, "It is knowing that yourfellow journalists and editors recognize what you are doing that is the mostimportant thing. This achievement clearly supports the decision by theAmerican Heart Association and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, publishers ofCirculation, to introduce a European element to the journal."
Dr. Barnard will be present at the upcoming European Society of CardiologyCongress 2007, to be held Sept. 1-5 in Vienna. Congress attendees areencouraged to stop by stands B103 and B301 in the exhibition area, where theAmerican Heart Association and WKH-LWW will be offering sample copies ofCirculation, along with special discounted rates for European subscribers.
Circulation -- including "European Perspectives" and other specialsections and features -- is also available on the Journals@Ovid Web site, theworld's largest online database of more than 900 premiere medical journalsoffered exclusively by Ovid Technologies, an operating company of the WoltersKluwer Health division.
Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of Circulation, commented, "We arevery proud of the contributi