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VA Research Scientist and Nobel Prize Winner, at 84, Still Looking for Cures
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Dr. Andrew Schally at work in the lab, continuing his quest for a cure for congestive heart failure.

Latest discovery could be important advance in study of congestive heart failure

VA Distinguished Medical Research Scientist and University of Miami researcher Dr. Andrew Schally may not yet have found the fabled “cure for cancer,” but he’s come about as close as any medical researcher.

At 84, this winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is hot on the trail of compounds he believes will revolutionize cancer treatment.

Over his decades-long career, Schally has been credited with significant advances in a wide range of additional specialties, among them, gynecology, gastroenterology and endocrinology.

And now, cardiology can be added to the list: In a potentially important advance in the study of congestive heart failure — a leading cause of disability — Schally and his University of Miami colleagues have found a compound that sparked major recovery in rats after heart attack, which often leads to heart failure.

The compound is a derivative of growth hormone, and the research team’s findings were published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

All told, Schally has published more than 2,200 papers during his career.

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