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 - Fall 2014

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September 2014

September 8th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
B. Cicero Willis, MD, MSc
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Chief Center for Arrhythmia Research
University of Michigan
Topic: Intracellular Calcium Mishandling in Purkinje Cells: Proarrhythmic Substrate in CPVT
September 15th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Jerome Kalifa, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Arrhythmia Research
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan
Topic: Myocyte-specific Photodynamic Rhythm Modulation: A Nanoparticle-enabled Targeted Low-energy Laser Ablation Approach
September 22nd from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Joan Greve, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Topic: Preclinical Imaging of Vascular Biology in Health and Disease
September 29th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Jordan A. Shavit, MD, PhD
Johnson Family Scholar Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
University of Michigan
Topic: Modeling disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis through genome editing in zebrafish

October 2014

October 8th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Alberto Figueroa, PhD
Edward B. Diethrich Associate Professor of Surgery
& Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Topic: Image-based computer modeling of hemodynamics: Applications to cardiovascular disease research
October 13th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Theodore Kurtz, MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Topic: How Does NaCl Make the Blood Pressure Go Up? It's Not What You've Been Told By Either the Renal Physiologists or Molecular Geneticists
October 20th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Edward Lakatta, MD
Director, Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science
National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program
Topic: A general theory of cardiac chronotropy, isotropy and arrhythmias
October 27th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Anatoli Lopatin, PhD
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
University of Michigan Medical School
Topic: Cardiac t-tubules: novel mechanisms of stress-induced remodeling

November 2014

November 3rd from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Todd Herron, MD, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Medicine
Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Center for Arrhythmia Research
University of Michigan
Topic: Pluripotent Stem Cells for Cardiovascular Disease Modeling and Regenerative Medicine
November 10th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Arthur Wilde, MD, PhD
Professor in Cardiology
Head of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology
University of Amsterdam
Topic: Brugada syndrome, a depolarization or a repolarization disorder?
November 17th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Jose Diaz, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Michigan
Topic: Animal models of venous thrombosis: where we are, where we are going
November 24th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., CVC Danto Auditorium
Mario Delmar, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Director of Translational Research
NYU-Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
New York University School of Medicine
Topic: Visual proteomics applied to the cardiac intercalated disc: Life nanometers away from sudden death

December 2014