James T. Willerson, M.D. Cardiovascular Sciences Seminar Series


Spring 2024 Seminars


The CVRI is pleased to announce our partnership with the Texas Heart Institute to jointly organize the James T. Willerson, M.D. Cardiovascular Sciences Seminar Series. Together with the Texas Heart Institute, we aim to honor Dr. Willerson's significant contributions to cardiovascular science and medicine. To learn more about Dr. Willerson's legacy, visit the Texas Heart Institute's website.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be available to eligible attendees for all seminars. For further details, visit the CME website

Seminars are open to all who are interested in cardiovascular sciences, and are held on select Wednesdays at noon.


Jan. 1, 2024

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Edward Thorp, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Title: Dichotomies of Macrophage Function in Heart 

Jan. 24, 2024

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Mina Chung, M.D.
Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute
Department of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Sciences, Lerner Research Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Title: Insights from Atrial Fibrillation Genomics: From Beside to Bench and Back again 

Feb. 7, 2024

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Anthony Rosenzweig, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine-Cardiology
Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Institute for Heart and Brain Health
University of Michigan Medical Center
Title: Exercise-Inspired Therapeutic Targets in Heart Failure

Feb. 21, 2024

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Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D.
McCredie Professor of Medicine
Department of Leukemia
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Title: Clonal Hematopoiesis, Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Cardiac Disease

Mar. 6, 2024

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Garret FitzGerald, M.D., F.R.S.
Associate Dean for Translational Research
Director, Institute for Translational Medicine, and Therapeutics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Title: Human Phenomic Science: Integrating Experimental Medicine with Data at Scale

Mar. 20, 2024

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Priscilla Sato, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
Associate Professor Medicine-Cardiovascular Disease
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Medicine  
Title: GRK2 Signaling in Cardiac and Pancreatic Islet Function 

Mar. 27, 2024

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Stavros Drakos, M.D., Ph.D., FACC
H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair 
Professional of Medicine and Physiology 
Medical Director, Cardiac Mechanical Support
Co-Direct, Heart Failure and Transplant Section 
Director of Cardiovascular Research, Division of Cardiology
University of Utah School of Medicine 
Title: Myocardial Recovery: What Have We Learned and Future Directions

April 24, 2024

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Timothy McKinsey, Ph.D.
Professor, Medicine-Cardiology
Associate Division Head for Translational Research
Director, Consortium for Fibrosis Research & Translation 
University of Colorado Denver
Title: Regulation of Cardiometabolic Signaling by an Unusual Post-Translational Modification

May 8, 2024

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Tamer Mohamed, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Cardiac Regeneration 
Department of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine 
Title: Identifying the Roadmap of Forced Cell Cycle Induction in Cardiomyocytes 

Mar. 29, 2024

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Damien Young, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Drug Discovery (CDD)
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Associate Professor, Pathology and Immunology 
Baylor College of Medicine 
Title: Chemical Approaches to Biological Discovery