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Cardiovascular research is focus of symposium at BCM

The first annual Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium at Baylor College of Medicine will feature experts from BCM, guest speakers from BCM-affiliated institutions, as well as two keynote lecturers, Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM, and Dr. Patrick O'Gara, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology.

The CVRI Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, in Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge, begins at 9 a.m. with speakers and poster presentations scheduled throughout the day. The symposium provides a forum for basic and clinical researchers to showcase their latest work with colleagues and the community. This year's CVRI Pilot Awardees will be giving short lectures highlighting their newest collaborative research projects.

Topics will cover a wide range of cardiovascular areas including aortopathy and valvular heart disease, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and ischemia, electrophysiology and channelopathies, heart failure and cardiomyopathy, and congenital developmental heart disease.

Dr. Xander Wehrens, director of the CVRI and professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at BCM, along with Dr. Adam Kuspa, senior vice president for research at BCM, will give the welcome and opening remarks.

O’Gara, who is also professor at Harvard Medical School, the executive medical director of Shapiro Cardiovascular Center and director of clinical cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital cardiovascular division, will present his keynote lecture titled "Asymptomatic Valvular Heart Disease: Can Earlier Interventions Be Justified?"

Rosengart's keynote lecture is titled "Cardiac Cellular Reprogramming: In Situ Myocardial Regeneration?"