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2015 Cardiovascular Research Retreat

Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute's 6th Annual Cardiovascular Research Retreat

We are pleased to announce the presenters for the Oral Abstract Session. There were 66 abstracts entered into consideration, and we were all impressed at the quality and breadth of research you are all engaged in. All abstracts were scored by 10-14 faculty, and the top best scores will present at the Oral Abstract session from 1-2 PM. These finalists, their talk titles, and the order they will present (randomly selected) are now listed at the session agenda link. An additional set of top scoring abstracts will be entered into the poster award competition and will be adjudicated at the meeting.


I want to congratulate all Finalists for the Oral and Poster sessions, and thank all of you for participating and making this retreat the success I know it will be.

See you Friday!

- David Kass

Welcome to the 2015 Johns Hopkins Cardiovascular Research Retreat. This retreat, our sixth annual, continues our tradition at Johns Hopkins, one that Merck has generously supported for the past several years. We arrange a full day to highlight the work our fellows are doing and bring in external and local speakers to present cutting-edge research relevant to cardiovascular disease. This year we are excited to host Jonathan Epstein, the William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Pennsylvania and an international expert in transcriptional regulation of heart disease and development; and Dan Rader, director of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Lipid Clinic. We will also hear from Mark Anderson, an international expert in heart failure and the role of CaM kinase II, who recently also became the department chair of medicine at Hopkins; and Sherita Golden, an endocrinologist studying obesity and diabetes and their roles in cardiovascular risk. We anticipate at least 160 attendees, and as last year, about 60 abstracts submitted by our students and fellows. From this pool, oral and poster competitors will be drawn and prizes awarded, thanks to the Blumenthal Foundation. 

Date and Time

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Friday, May 22, 2015
8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Registration fee

There is no registration fee for this event.


Albert Owens Auditorium
1551 East Jefferson Street, Baltimore, MD, 21205
Located between the Koch Cancer Center Research Building and the Bunting Blaustein Research Building

Parking will be available in the McElderry Garage
If you are using a GPS, please enter this address:
1600 McElderry Street
Baltimore, MD 21205

General Information and Logistics

Speakers and Presentations

David Kass

Dr. David Kass

Abraham and Virginia Weiss Professor of Cardiology
Director, Institute of CardioScience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Welcome and Introductions

Sherita Golden

Dr. Sherita Golden

Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
"Understanding the Neuroendocrinology of Diabetes:  From Epidemiology to the Bedside and Back"

Mark Anderson

Dr. Mark Anderson

William Osler Professor of Medicine
Professor of Physiology
Director, Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
"CaMKII — a turbocharging molecule that promotes heart failure and arrhythmias"

Jonathan Epstein

Dr. Jonathan Epstein

William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research
Chairman, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Nuclear Architecture and Cardiac Myocyte Commitment"

Daniel Rader

Dr. Daniel Rader

Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine
Chair, Department of Genetics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"New biological pathways in lipid metabolism and atherosclerosis inspired by human genetics"

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