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Memoir

Stevo Julius
Regents' Proceedings 233

Stevo Julius, M.D., Sc.D., Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Hypertension, professor of internal medicine, and professor of molecular and integrative physiology in the Medical School, retired from active faculty status on January 14, 2005.

A native of the former Yugoslavia, Dr. Julius received his M.D. and Sc.D degrees from the University of Zagreb in 1953 and 1964, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan as an instructor in internal medicine in 1965 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1967, associate professor in 1971, and professor in 1974. He was appointed associate professor of physiology in 1980 and was promoted to professor in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Julius was named the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Hypertension.

Dr. Julius' research led to the concept of the hyperkinetic borderline hypertensive state and demonstrated the fundamental pathophysiological role of the sympathetic nervous system in the hyperkinetic state. He transformed the Tecumseh Community Health Study, a landmark epidemiological investigation, into the Tecumseh Blood Pressure Study and demonstrated that hyperkinetic borderline hypertension was not a response to the stress involved in invasive hemodynamic studies and that there was a link between sympathetic activity and the metabolic syndrome. In recent years, he has focused on international clinical trials. One particularly intriguing ongoing study, the Trial of Preventing Hypertension ("TROPHY"), could lead to the development of an entirely novel approach to hypertension prevention.

As chief of the Division of Hypertension for 25 years, Dr. Julius trained a cohort of young investigators and had a profound effect on hypertension education. His contributions in this area were recognized in 1989 when the International Society of Hypertension established the Stevo Julius Award for Excellence in Hypertension Education, awarded to a person with a distinguished record in hypertension-related teaching. His work in the areas of cardiology and hypertension and on cardiovascular diagnosis and therapeutics and has had a profound effect around the world.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service by naming Stevo Julius professor emeritus of internal medicine and professor emeritus of molecular and integrative physiology.