Cardiovascular Announcements and Events - 2013

Francois Haddad, MD, to Lead CVI Biomarker and Phenotype Core Laboratory

The CVI is pleased to announce that Francois Haddad, MD, will lead the CVI Biomarker and Phenotype Core Laboratory. The objectives of the new Core Laboratory will be to facilitate biomarker research in cardiovascular disease and to provide core service for the imaging evaluation on cardiac function, arterial stiffness, and endothelial function.

Francois completed his MD training in Montreal University with honors in 1998 and his cardiology fellowship at the Montreal Heart Institute. He then completed a 2 year fellowship in cardiovascular imaging followed by 2 year fellowship in heart failure, heart transplantation and pulmonary hypertension at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Organizing Committee and the World Health Organization (WHO) Task Force on Right Ventricular Physiology and setting a core laboratory for multicenter studies on pulmonary hypertension and heart failure.

Francois works closely with many colleagues within the Stanford CVI already. He will foster stronger collaborative ties with the Institute of Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection (ITI) led by Mark Davis and with the Human Immune Monitoring Core (HIMC) led by Holden Maecker. The new Core Laboratory will be meeting biweekly to discuss novel initiatives in biomarker research related to clinical cardiovascular projects. Please feel free to contact Francois if you are interested in participating in their biweekly research meetings.

  • March 6, 2013 - MED223: "iPSC for Cardiac Disease Modeling"
    Speaker/s: Joe Gold, PhD, Assistant Director of Translational Research, Dept of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and Elena Matsa, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Joe Wu's Lab, Stanford
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library
    Discussion article: Studying arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia with patient-specific iPSCs. Kim C, Wong J, Wen J, Wang S, Wang C, Spiering S, Kan NG, Forcales S, Puri PL, Leone TC, Marine JE, Calkins H, Kelly DP, Judge DP, Chen HS. Nature. 2013 Feb 7;494(7435):105-10. (PMID: 23354045).
    Background: the presenters recumbent the review "The promise of induced pluripotent stem cells in research and therapy" by DA Robinton and GQ Daley. Nature 2012 Jan 18; 481(7381):295-305. (PMID: 22258608) (PMID: 22258608).
    Lunch at 11:45
    To learn more, please contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • February 27, 2013 - MED223: A session on Myocyte Regeneration
    Speaker/s: Sean Wu, Assistant Professor of CV Medicine and Graduate student Arun Sharma
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library
    Discussion article: "Clonally dominant cardiomyocytes direct heart morphogenesis", by Gupta and Poss, Nature 2012; 484:479-485. (PMID: 22538609) Background:
    (i) Poss KD, Wilson LG, Keating MT. Heart regeneration in zebrafish. Science. 2002 298(5601):2188-90. (PMID: 12481136)
    (ii) Bergmann O, Bhardwaj RD, Bernard S, Zdunek S, Barnabé-Heider F, Walsh S, Zupicich J, Alkass K, Buchholz BA, Druid H, Jovinge S, Frisén J. Evidence for cardiomyocyte renewal in humans. Science 2009 324(5923):98-102. (PMID: 19342590)
    Lunch at 11:45
    To learn more pls. contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • February 27, 2013 - TRAM presents: Mini symposium on Molecular Imaging Technologies and Resources for Translational Research 
    Moderated by: Michael McConnell, MD, MSEE , Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of Noninvasive Imaging Section, Cardiovascular Medicine. 
    Panelists: Michael Mandella, PhD, Research Scientist, MIPS "Advancing Miniature Microscopes for Biomedical Applications“ and Bryan Ronain Smith, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab "Imaging the micromechanics of cancer in living subjects" 
    Time and Location: 12:00-1:30 PM, Clark Center S360
  • February 27, 2013 - “Non-Profit and Foundation Grants aka Grants with Special Conditions: Why are they Special?” 
    Instructor: Caroline E. Jones, MBA, is a Sr. Contract and Grant Officer in the Office of Sponsored Research 
    Description/Objectives : This talk will give an overview of Non-Profits and Foundation Funding and insights on what it means to university research.
  • Discuss that traditionally Non-profits and Foundations have funded research with “friendly” money that generally had terms and conditions require little to no negotiation and were easy to accept for educational institutions.
  • Discuss the changes that have occurred in Non-profits and Foundations and the accountability they have to their donors.
  • What does this mean to those who receive Foundation and Non-Profit money?
  • Time/Location: 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Li Ka Shing Center, LK130, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94105
    Must register on Stars
  • February 20, 2013 - MED223: "Nuclear Reprogramming for Vascular Regeneration and its Application for Cardiovascular Disease”
    Speaker/s: John Cooke, MD, PhD, Professor of CV Medicine and CVP co-Director and Nazish Sayed, MD, PhD, CV Medicine Postdoctoral Scholar
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library
    Discussion article: Activation of innate immunity is required for efficient nuclear reprogramming. Lee J, Sayed N, Hunter A, Au KF, Wong WH, Mocarski ES, Pera RR, Yakubov E, Cooke JP. Cell. 2012 Oct 26;151(3):547-58. (PMID: 23101625)
    Background: Stem cell therapy for vascular regeneration: adult, embryonic, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Leeper NJ, Hunter AL, Cooke JP. Circulation. 2010 Aug 3;122(5):517-26 (PMID: 20679581)
    Additional recommended reviews, for those who wish to learn more:
    (i) Endothelial Cells Derived From Nuclear Reprogramming. Wong WT, Huang NF, Botham CM, Sayed N, Cooke JP. Circ Res. 2012;111:1363-1375 (PMID: 23104878)
    (ii) Development of pluripotent stem cells for vascular therapy, Volz KS, Miljan E, Khoo A, Cooke JP. Vascul. Pharmacol. 2012;56(5-6):288-96. (PMID: 22387745) Lunch at 11:45 To learn more pls. contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • February 19, 2013 - The Stem Cell Institute: “iPS Cells as a Platform for Studies of ALS”
    Speaker: Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, FRS, FRSE, MRC
    Centre for Regenerative Medicine Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine University of Edinburgh
    Time/Location: 4:00–5:00PM, MunzerAuditorium
  • February 13, 2013 - MED223: "Evaluating Novel Risk Markers for CVD"
    Speaker/s: Mark Hlatky, MD, Professor, Health Research & Policy - Health Services Research; Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine; Director, Stanford-Kaiser Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Center; Director, Health Services Research Masters Degree Program, Stanford
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library. Lunch at 11:45
  • February 6, 2013 - MED223: "Vascular Biology Inflammation and Metabolism"
    Speaker/s: Phil Tsao, PhD, Professor of CV Medicine and CVP Director and Uwe Raaz, MD, Postdoctoral Fellows, Stanford
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library. Lunch at 11:45
    Discussion article: Inhibition of Notch1 Signaling Reduces Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Mice by Attenuating Macrophage-Mediated Inflammation. Chetan P. Hans, Sara N. Koenig, Nianyuan Huang, Jeeyun Cheng, Susana Beceiro, Anuradha Guggilam, Helena Kuivaniemi, Santiago Partida-Sánchez, Vidu Garg. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2012; 32: 3012-3023 (PMID: 23087364)
    Background: Pathophysiology and epidemiology of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Nordon IM, Hinchliffe RJ, Loftus IM, Thompson MM. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2011 Feb;8(2):92-102. (PMID: 21079638)
    To learn more pls. contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • January 30, 2013 - MED223: "Is the 30 day readmission rate a good measure of the quality of hospital care?"
    Speaker: Paul Heidenreich, MD, Professor of CV Medicine, and (by courtesy) of Health Research and Policy
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library
    Discussion article: Thirty-day readmission rates for Medicare beneficiaries by race and site of care, Joynt KE, Orav EJ, Jha AK. JAMA. 2011 Feb 16;305(7):675-81, (PMID: 21325183)
    Background: Risk prediction models for hospital readmission: a systematic review, Kansagara D, Englander H, Salanitro A, Kagen D, Theobald C, Freeman M, Kripalani S. JAMA. 2011 Oct 19;306(15):1688-98. (PMID: 22009101) Lunch at 11:45
    To learn more pls. contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • January 23 MED223: "Vascular Inflammation" 
    Speaker: Jeremy Sokolove, MD, Instructor in Medicine-Immunology & Rheumatology, Stanford
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library. Lunch at 11:45
    To learn more pls. contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • January 18, 2013 - Cardiology Grand Rounds: “Non ST Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes”
    Speaker: David P Lee, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratory, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford
    Time/Location: 12:00 PM, Falk Library
    Luncheon at 11:45
  • Deadline January 30, 2013 - Do you have hidden design talents? Need some extra cash? The CVI needs a new logo, and we want you to design it! $1000 to the winning design, and your handiwork featured on all CVI materials.
    Logos must conform to Stanford standards: 
    Please submit to
  • January 25, 2013 - PhD Candidate Defense: " Dynamic Cell Culture Systems for Stimulation and Assessment of Cardiovascular Cells" 
    Speaker: Chelsey Simmons, PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Beth Pruitt Microsystems Lab, Stanford
    Time/Location: 8:30 AM, Clark S360
  • January 16, 2013 - MED223: "Vascular Biology, Inflammation and Metabolism" 
    Speaker/s: Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD, Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and de Jesus Perez lab manager, Mark Orcholski, Stanford
    Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 PM, Falk Library. Lunch at 11:45
  • Discussion article and recommended background articles:
  • Notch-dependent VEGFR3 upregulation allows angiogenesis without VEGF–VEGFR2 signalling, Benedito R, Rocha SF, Woeste M, Zamykal M, Radtke F, Casanovas O, Duarte A, Pytowski B, Adams RH. Nature. 2012 Apr 5;484(7392) (PMID: 22426001)
  • Molecular mechanisms and clinical applications of angiogenesis, Carmeliet P, Jain RK. Nature. 2011 May 19;473(7347). (PMID: 21593862)
  • Dynamics of endothelial cell behavior in sprouting angiogenesis, Eilken, HM, Adams, RH. Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 2010;22(5). (PMID: 20817428)
  • To learn more pls. contact Michal Bental Roof, PhD
  • January 18, 2013 - Academic Chat Series-Design & Delivering Effective Lectures
    Speakers: Rita Popat, PhDSarah Heilshorn, PhD
    Register here
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