James D. Otvos, Ph.D., 1999 Christopher Columbus Foundation Award

Written by on June 10, 1999 in 1999, Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, Researcher

James Otvos

James D. Otvos, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer and Founder
LipoMed, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

NMR LipoProfile

Dr. James D. Otvos was the recipient of the 1999 $100,000 Christopher Columbus Foundation Award for the development of the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) LipoProfile. This innovation in blood cholesterol tests distinguishes between high-risk and low-risk forms of cholesterol. Almost half of the people who develop heart disease have “normal” cholesterol levels, while others with a poor profile remain disease-free. This test, which takes only one minute, offers a significant advantage in coronary heart disease assessment and management, and should lead to much more accurate diagnoses of at-risk patients, resulting in more effective treatment.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans today, and stroke is the #3 killer and leading cause of permanent disability. Heart disease causes more than 1.5 million heart attacks, 400,000 bypass surgeries and $140 billion in healthcare costs each year. The NMR LipoProfile takes a major step toward the early detection of coronary heart disease. Through the new measurement of lipoproteins–particles that package cholesterol–doctors may better match their treatments to a person’s specific heart disease risk.

Evaluation Committee
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the Christopher Columbus Foundation Award Evaluation Committee:

Aviation and Aerospace:
Captain Jon A. McBride, (USN, Retired), Cambridge Associates, Ltd., Charleston, WV
Ron Sega, Ph.D., Dean of Engineering at Applied Science, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Richard L. Young, Builder and Pilot of Wright Brothers Aircraft Replica, Richmond, VA

Marc A. Auslander, IBM Fellow, IBM Thomas J. Watson Resource Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
Dwight M. Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Physics/Technology, Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV
Rocco Martino, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, XRT, Inc., Wayne, PA

Emerging Technology:
Jack McNamara, Director for Corp. Technical Resources, Imation Corporate, Oakdale, MN
Jacob Mendelssohn, Ph.D., Technology Services Institute, West
Hartford, CT
Neill S. Smith, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Vehicle Control
Technologies, Inc., Reston, VA

Martha A. Krebs, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science, Department of Energy, Washington, DC
Jonathan Woodward, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (Dr. Woodward received the 1997 Christopher Columbus Foundation Award)
John A. Kleppe, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Eugene Rosa, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Sociology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
William Rutherford, Forest Park Foundation, Peoria, IL

Home Electronics/Entertainment:
Samuel H. Fuller, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Vice President, Corporate Technological Strategy & Service, Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, MA
Sam Gil, Communications Manager, Tasco, Miramar, FL
Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Ph.D., Dean of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Imaging/Medical Diagnostic:
Marek Elbaum, M.D. – President, Electro-Optical Sciences, Irvington,
NY (Dr. Elbaum received the 1998 Christopher Columbus Foundation
Michael Gottesman, M.D. – Deputy Director, Intermural Research,
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine, Boston, MA

Peter Cardegna, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering, Program Director, Materials, Science and Engineering, College of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
R. Kent Marsden, Director of Administrative Services, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Ganapathiraman Ramanath, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Materials, Science and Engineering Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Hadi A. Abu-Akeel, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, FANUC Robotics NA, Inc., Rochester Mills, MN
George A. Bekey, Ph.D., Gordon Marshall Professor of Computer Science and Director, Robotics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Joseph Engelberger, Chairman, Helpmate Robotics, Inc., Danbury, CT

Lester A. Hoel, Ph.D., Hamilton Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
G. Andrew Lang, President, Blue Dot Rental Services, Bridgeport, WV
Joe Lorio, Senior Editor, Automobile Magazine, Ann Arbor, MI


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