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Heinrich Taegtmeyer is both a cardiologist and a biochemist. He attended medical schools at the Universities of Zürich (Switzerland) and Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) where he received his doctorate of medicine summa cum laude in 1968 for work performed in the department of Professor Albrecht Fleckenstein. After his internship and a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology he came to the United States in 1971 as a resident on the 2 & 4 (Harvard) Medical Service at the Boston City Hospital. From 1973 to 1976, he was a fellow in cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital where his interest in cardiac metabolism was kindled. From 1978 to 1981, he studied in the Metabolic Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford (England) under the late Sir Hans Krebs and Reginald Hems. He received his DPhil from Oxford in 1981 and has been on the faculty of the University of Texas Houston Medical School since 1982. Dr. Taegtmeyer is currently Professor of Medicine, Co-director of the Division of Cardiology. He is also a member of the University of Texas Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and supervisor of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Taegtmeyer has been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as well as to the fellowships of the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Taegtmeyer is serving on editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology,Circulation Research, and the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology since 1993. He also was an Associate Editor of Circulation from 1993 2004. His research centers on mechanisms of metabolic regulation as they apply to energy transfer and function of the heart in clinically relevant models of heart failure, diabetes mellitus and obesity.
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