AUBURN, Ala. - Recently appointed Auburn University vice president for research, James Weyhenmeyer, is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s 2019 Morgan Stark Memorial Award.

“I feel privileged to receive the Morgan Stark Memorial Award from the American Heart Association. Morgan was passionate about his work as a financier and his commitment to changing the course of cardiovascular disease and stroke through his generous philanthropy and volunteerism with the AHA,” Weyhenmeyer said. “I was fortunate to meet him when we both served on the AHA’s Founders Affiliate board of directors and to have had the opportunity to learn from his extraordinary experience in the investment community. I am truly honored to receive this award that bears his name.”

Weyhenmeyer has held various positions of service at the organization, including president of the board of directors for the AHA Midwest Affiliate, president-elect of the Founders Affiliate and chair of the Greater Southeast Affiliate board.

As Auburn University's vice president for research, Weyhenmeyer leads various research units, including sponsored programs, proposal services and faculty support, research compliance, the university veterinarian and electronic research administration. He also serves on numerous public and private boards of directors.

Weyhenmeyer led an effort for AHA to launch a Science and Technology Accelerator Fund, which reduces the time to market for important discoveries related to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The vice president for research's work in the areas of cardiovascular disease and stroke has been published widely. His research has been funded by the AHA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the PHARMA Foundation and private industry.

As a result of this work, Weyhenmeyer has received many honors and awards, such as the AHA’s Meritorious Achievement Award for research and service.

Weyhenmeyer will receive the Morgan Stark Memorial Award honoring his leadership and use of AHA resources at a June 19 ceremony in Dallas.