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Preliminary Agenda

Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:00 a.m. 

Welcome – Dr. Kass
8:25 a.m.

Morning Session – Invited Speakers
8:30 a.m. - noon

Each speaker gets between 30-40 minutes for their talk, with 10 minutes for questions.

  • 8:30 a.m. – Dr. Daniela Cihakova, MD, PhD, associate professor and director, Immune Disorders Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, will speak about new insights into signaling pathways and therapeutic targets of immune-mediated myocardial disease.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Dr. Kathy Griendling, PhD; R. Wayne Alexander professor of medicine and vice chair for the Research Division of Cardiology, Emory University, will speak about her research into oxidative pathways and role in vascular disease.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • 10:30 a.m. – Dr. Andrew Arai, MD, senior investigator, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Group, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH. Dr. Arai is a leader in complex MRI-based imaging of the heart and other organs, and will present his cutting edge work on these new technologies and applications.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Dr. Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, James F. Fries professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Cooper is an international expert in disparities of health care delivery and its impact on minority populations.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Oral Abstract Competition
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Top pre-reviewed abstracts from 60 submitted abstracts are presented for an award competition. Two from basic research, and two from clinical/translational research are selected. Only grad students, fellows, and post docs can compete. Prizes are awarded at the end of the meeting, courtesy of the Blumenthal Family Foundation.

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Shira Ziegler, Pseudoxanthoma elasticum: Dysregulation of local ATP metabolism and treatment with a tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase inhibitor.

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Stephen Chelko, Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha as a novel target in the treatment and management of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy.

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Mark Ranek, PKG Phosphorylation of TSC2 is a Novel Anti-Hypertrophic Mechanism via Enhanced Autophagy.

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Seamus Whelton, Coronary artery calcium and the competing risk of CVD and non-CVD mortality.

Poster session
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

All 60 posters are presented, and attendees get to meet with the researchers and learn what is actively being pursued at JHMI in CV research fields. Of these, a total of 16 have been pre-selected based on prior grading scores from the internet upload to be in competition for prizes. Real-time judging takes place, and the top three posters from the two primary different categories — basic science and clinical/translation/epi research — are determined based on judging scores.

Blumenthal Awards (Owen Auditorium)
4:00 p.m. 

Meeting ends
4:15 p.m.