This year’s American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, which are currently underway in Dallas and will run until November 20th, are featuring some of the most prominent Texas-based cardiovascular researchers, all of which are making their mark on presenting the last research and findings at one of the most influential conferences in their discipline.
Dallas-based University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is making a particularly impressive showing at the event, with fifty UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers from the cardiovascular department presenting around eighty abstracts to the conference, along with an exhibit that will serve as a kind of expo for what the institution has recently accomplished in terms of cardiovascular research and heart care. Among UT Southwestern’s five Nobel Laureates, two of them work in the field of cardiology: both Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics, and Dr. Michael Brown, Director of the Erik Jonsson Center for Research in Molecular Genetics and Human Disease, will both make an appearance at the event, in light of their groundbreaking research into how the low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor, which led to the development of lifesaving statins for treating heart disease.
UT Southwestern will also highlight the work of rising stars within their research faculty as well, including that of Dr. Helen Hobbs, Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. According to a UT Southwestern press release, “Dr. Hobbs identified a genetic mutation that reduces cholesterol and the risk of coronary artery disease, which has led to a worldwide interest in PCSK9 as a potential target for therapeutics. In addition, Dr. Hobbs is Director of the Dallas Heart Study, a longitudinal, multiethnic, population-based study of Dallas County that focuses on defining the genetic determinants of plasma lipoprotein levels and cardiovascular risk.”
Dr. Joseph A. Hill, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern, commented on the significance of having the AHA’s Scientific Sessions in Dallas this year, and how UT Southwestern has a unique opportunity to showcase their work, stating, “We are pleased to welcome the international cardiology community to our hometown,” and adding, “This year we have an unprecedented number of abstracts being presented at the meeting that highlight the outstanding work underway by our cardiologists, right here in Dallas.”
Also making headlines at this year’s Scientific Sessions are several cardiologists and a cardiovascular surgeon from Texas Children’s Heart Center and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), all of whom made the trip from Houston to serve as presenters and moderators at the event. Texas Children’s Heart Center boasts an impressive track record as a leader cardiovascular research and treatment, having been ranked #3 nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. 12 scientists from BCM and Texas Children’s Heart will present at the even in total.
Dr. Daniel J. Penny, chief of cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital and section head and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, noted that he’s ” . . . thrilled that so many of our leading heart center experts are presenting and moderating at this year’s Scientific Sessions.”
According to this year’s projections, more than 18,000 cardiovascular experts from more than 105 countries are attending the AHA’s Scientific Sessions in Dallas to engage in dialogue and discourse on basic, translational, clinical, and population science, as it relates to heart health. Even more impressive, this year’s event is expected to draw an additional 1.5 million professionals from around the globe who will attend virtually. All in all, the event will feature a total 5,000 presentations over a five-day period.
The following are the notable presentations being made by UT Southwestern and BCM/Texas Children’s Heart Researchers, respectively:
Noteworthy Oral Presentations
- Drs. Zhao V. Wang and Joseph A. Hill (Nov. 17, 4:45-5:00, Hall B-5)The Mechanistic Link Between the Unfolded Protein Response and the Hexosamine Biosynthesis in Ischemia/Reperfusion in Heart (Abstract 11565)
- Drs. Ian Neeland and James de Lemos (Nov. 17, 4:45-5:00, Room D163) Body Fat Distribution and Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Obese Adults (Abstract 12141)
- Dr. Hesham Sadek (Nov. 17, 6:05-6:15, Clear Fork Room) MicroRNAs and Cardiac Regeneration
- Dr. Benjamin Levine (Nov. 18, 4:30-4:45, Ballrooms C3&C4) Physical Activity: US Perspective
- Drs. Sandeep Das and Jonathan Enriquez (Nov. 18, 4:00-4:15, Room D163) The Association of Electronic Health Record Use With Acute MI Quality of Care and Outcomes: Results From the NCDR®(Abstract 12518)
- Drs. Andre Paixao and Amit Khera (Nov. 19, 3:00-3:15, Room D167)Coronary Artery Calcium Reclassifies Risk in Younger Individuals: Results From the Dallas Heart Study (Abstract 14328)
- Drs. James de Lemos and Amit Khera (Nov. 19, 4:00-4:15, Room D170) Multimodality Risk Assessment in the General Population(Abstract 12695)
- Drs. William Cornwell and Jarett Berry (Nov. 19, 4:30-4:45, Room D170) Combined Association of Midlife Obesity and Fitness With Longterm Risk of Heart Failure – The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (Abstract 15669)
Noteworthy Poster Sessions
- Drs. Ryan Martin and Pradeep Mammen (Nov. 17, 3:00-4:30, Hall F, Core 5, Poster Board: 5022) Development of a Unique Mode of Cardiac Remodeling in Muscular Dystrophy Patients (Abstract 18878)
- Drs. Ambarish Pandey and Jarett Berry (Nov. 18, 9:00-5:00, Hall F, Best of AHA Specialty Conferences, Poster Board: QCOR18) Change in Midlife Fitness Is an Independent Predictor of Heart Failure in Older Age (Abstract 11910)
- Drs. Shuaib Abdullah and Benjamin Levine (Nov. 18, 9:00-5:00, Hall F, Core 2, Poster Board: 2069) Effects of Prolonged Space Flight on Cardiac Structure and Function (Abstract 18672)
Texas Childrens Heart/BCM:
- Dr. Craig H. Alexander, clinical post-doc fellow in the department of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: Trends in Endocarditis Hospitalizations: Impact of the 2007 American Heart Association Guidelines on Adults with Congenital Heart Disease.
- Dr. Hugh Allen, pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will moderate the following session: Heart in the Myscular Dystrophies.
- Dr. Elijah Bolin, clinical post-doc fellow in the department of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: Risk Factors for Postnatal Surgery in the Fetus with Borderline Small Left Heart Pediatric Imaging: Ventricular Volume, Mass and Function.
- Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., chief of congenital heart surgery, surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at BCM, will present: Prospective Trial of a Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device.
- Dr. Buck Kyle, assistant professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: Workforce: Where the Jobs Will Be over the Next Five Years.
- Dr. Silvana Lawrence, medical director, community and program development at Texas Children’s and associate professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: Echocardiographic left ventricular measures using the area-length method: Normative data by gender and race/ethnicity from the Texas Adolescent Athlete Screening Registry TAAHSR and Pediatric Imaging: Ventricular Volume, Mass and Function.
- Dr. Shiraz Maskatia, pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s and assistant professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: Increase Estimated Cardiac Output and Functional Improvement in Fetuses in Response to Laser Therapy for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
- Dr. Doug Moodie, associate chief, pediatric cardiology at Texas Children’s and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will host three Meet the Editor sessions regarding his new textbook entitled: Clinical Management of Congenital Heart Disease from Infancy to Adulthood.
- Dr. Shaine Morris, pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s and assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM, will present: Peripartum Aortic Dissection in Women with Marfan Syndrome Pediatric Hypertension and Lipids and Late Implications of Adult Congenital Heart Disease.
- Dr. Ricardo Pignatelli, assistant professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: Left Ventricular Non Compaction 1997-2013: Seventeen Years Later and Morbidity and Risk Factors for Death or Transplant: Pediatric Heart Failure.
- Dr. Joseph Spinner, medical resident in the department of pediatrics at BCM, will present: Utility of Late Gadolinium Enhancement and Left Ventricular Mass as assessed by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Children with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Pediatric Imaging: Function and Flow.
- Dr. Hari P. Tunuguntla, clinical post-doc fellow in the department of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, will present: The Impact of Institutional Stage I Surgical Volume on Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital Charges in Infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, A Review of the Texas Inpatient Public Use Data File from 1999-2012 and Single Ventricle Cardiology: Palliation, Care and Resource Utilization.
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