A University of Utah research professor has been awarded an international prize for his work on electro-physiology of the heart, school officials said.

Dr. Bruno Taccardi, research professor of internal medicine, was part of a team receiving the first three-year prize from the Professor Pierre Rijlant Foundation in Brussels, Belgium.Ticcardi and his three team co-members split a $10,000 cash prize and were awarded medals and diplomas from the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium.

Taccardi's work at the U. involves mapping the heart's electrical activity, with the ultimate goal of helping predict and prevent arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.