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Heart Best Research Paper Award 2020
  1. Catherine M Otto
  1. Division of Cardiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Catherine M Otto, Division of Cardiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98331, USA; cmotto{at}

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Each year, the Heart editorial team selects the most meritorious research paper to receive the Heart Best Research Paper Award. Primary considerations are the relevance of the clinical question addressed by the research, the quality of the research study design and data presentation, and the interest generated by the paper among other researchers, clinical cardiologists and the general public.

This year, we are pleased to announce the winner and two finalists for the 2020 Heart Best Paper Research Award, highlighting the first author of each paper and sincerely congratulating the entire research team on their outstanding research contribution (table 1).

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Heart best research paper Award winner and Finalists 2020


Ralph K. Akyea MPH, MBChB (figure 1) is a second-year doctoral student and part-time research associate with the Primary Care Stratified Medicine Research Group, Division of Primary Care, University of Nottingham, UK. He received his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School and earned his master’s degree in public health from …

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  • Contributors Heart Best Research Paper Award 2020.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, conduct, reporting or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.