Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science Seminar Program

The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center (CVC) is sponsoring the 2011 Basic Science Research Seminars entitled "Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science."

Program structure

The format is a weekly, 1-hour scientific seminar that is scheduled in the CVC Danto Auditorium, Room 2314, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Intended audience

The intended audience is faculty, staff, residents, fellows, graduate students and medical students from across the University of Michigan including but not limited to Cardiovascular Center departments and sections (Cardiovascular Medicine, Center for Arrhythmia Research, Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Radiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Neurology, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Surgery),  Life Sciences Institute, Biomedical Engineering, School of Public Health, and the Program in Biomedical Sciences (Bioinformatics, Biological Chemistry,  Biophysics, Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Molecular & Cellular Pathology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology). 


This program is for physicians, scientists, nurses, physician’s assistants, medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows working in the areas of cardiovascular science and medicine. This activity is meant to communicate the newest advances in basic cardiovascular research, improve communication, and foster collaboration between basic and clinical scientists.

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program content

The seminar is a comprised of current CVC Basic Science Seminar Series combined with the several Program Project Grant (PPG) seminar series.  The series will include discussion topics from each of the following programs: 

  1. The monthly CVC Basic Science Research seminar series sponsored by the CVC Basic Science Research Team (team co-coordinators are Dr. Lori Isom and Dr. Margaret Westfall), and is organized by Dr. Anatoli Lopatin.
  2. Dr. David Ginsburg’s PPG: “Molecular Genetics of Coagulation Disorders
  3. Dr. Daniel Lawrence’s PPG: “Novel Targets in Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis
  4. Dr. Jose Jalife's PPG: “Arrhythmia mechanisms in 2 Inherited Diseases (ARVC, CPVT)
  5. Dr. Jose Jalife’s PPG: “Intercellular Communication and Impulse Propagation” NIH Program Project Grants. 

Seminar Program - Winter 2014

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January 2014


January 6th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium


January 13th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Mortimer Poncz, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief Pediatric Hematology
Children's Hosipital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Topic: Platelet - Directed Fibrinolytics
January 20th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Vickas Patel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Molecular Arrhythmia Research
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: The Contribution of Epigenetic Modulation to Non-Paroxsymal Atrial Fibrillation

February 2014

February 3rd from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Sarah Lang
Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of Michigan
Topic: Functional Modulation and Adaptive Responses to PKC Targets on Cardiac Troponin I
February 10th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Luis Villacorta, PhD
Research Investigator
Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Department of Internal Medicine-Cardiology
University of Michigan
Topic: Nitration of unsaturated fatty acids: from signaling actions to cardiovascular therapeutics
February 17th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Bo Yang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiac Surgery
University of Michigan Health System
Topic: TBD
February 24th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Ruth Loos, PhD
Preventative Medicine
The Charles Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine
Topic: Genetics of common obesity - insights from pleiotropy?

March 2014

March 3rd from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Andrew Marks, MD
Wu Professor and Chair
Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Topic: Intracellular calcium leak: a novel cause and therapeutic target for disorders of the heart, muscle and brain
March 10th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Siviraj Sivaramakrishnan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan, Medical School
Topic: Conserved modular domains team up to regulate protein kinase C
March 17th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Piero Anversa, MD
Professor of Anesthesia and Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine
Bringham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Topic: Tissue Specific Adult Stem Cells
March 24th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Robert Neumar, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Emergency Medicine
University of Michigan
Topic: Calpain-Mediated Injury in Post-Ischemic Neurons
March 31st from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Edith Hamel, PhD
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Montreal Neurological Institute
McGill University
Topic: Cerebrovascular pathology and cognitive failure

April 2014


April 7th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium


April 14th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Dan Beard, PhD
Molecular and Integrative Physiology
University of Michigan

Topic: Understanding the etiology of complex cardiovascular disease

April 21st from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium


April 28th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Junco S. Warren, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Utah

Topic: Metabolomics of heart failure: dyssynchrony matters

May 2014