Newswise — DALLAS – April 3, 2015 – Dr. Jay Horton, Professor of Internal Medicine and of Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been elected a Councilor of The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious medical honor societies. In addition, the ASCI announced the election of three UT Southwestern physician-scientists to the organization.

Dr. Horton, Chief of Digestive and Liver Diseases and holder of The Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Chair in Obesity & Diabetes Research, played an important role in establishing the scientific basis for what could become the next class of cholesterol-lowering drugs: PCSK9 inhibitors. Dr. Horton used mouse models to characterize how the protein created by the PCSK9 gene functioned in the LDL cholesterol pathway.

As a member of the ASCI’s Council, he will assist in planning meetings and selecting new members. Dr. Horton was elected to ASCI membership in 2003.

“It is an honor to serve on the ASCI Council, as I hope we can play a critical role in developing innovative ways to train and keep talented physician-scientists engaged in research,” Dr. Horton said. “In my view, the primary mission of the ASCI should be to provide guidance, opportunities, and role models who exhibit the rigor and standards of excellence in science necessary to inspire and sustain the development of the physician-scientist.”

The three UT Southwestern faculty members elected to ASCI membership are among 75 nationally who will be inducted on April 24. They are:

“We are delighted to see our physician-scientists recognized for their achievements with election to the ASCI. They, and the other members of our faculty who have been similarly honored in the past, embody an institutional commitment to integrate science and medicine to advance health care,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern and himself a member of ASCI. Dr. Podolsky holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science.

The ASCI includes more than 3,000 members representing all medical specialties. The ASCI announcement about new members can be found at: 

About UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including six who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. Numbering approximately 2,800, the faculty is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide medical care in 40 specialties to about 92,000 hospitalized patients and oversee approximately 2.1 million outpatient visits a year.