IVB/MHI Spring Research Symposium

The symposium is a day-long event featuring two keynote addresses by leading faculty in the cardiovascular field, along with short talks presented by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and medical residents from the IVB training program, MHI affiliated laboratories, and guests from neighboring institutions and research organizations. All researchers who wish to present are accommodated, and student and post-doctoral speakers are selected from submitted abstracts. Individuals not chosen for oral presentations will be able to discuss their research in one of two poster sessions.

When Mar 05, 2019
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where George Watts Hill Alumni Center - Carolina Club
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The IVB trainees will host Lance L. Munn, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Munn's lab uses biomedical engineering approaches to study the effects of mechanical forces on vessel structure and function. Using a variety of cutting-edge technologies including microfluidic devices, the Munn Lab studies the mechanisms that control lymphatic pumping, the control of angiogenic sprouting by fluid sheer forces, and the dynamics of vessel remodeling and metastasis during cancer progression. Given his unique collaborative and dynamic laboratory and the fact that he is very involved in graduate level training, his presentation will make for an exciting and interesting keynote address at the 2019 IVB/MHI symposium.

The MHI faculty will host Joseph A. Hill, MD/PhD, Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Hill laboratory focuses on molecular mechanisms of remodeling in the stressed myocardium and uses genetically modified mice and surgical models to study cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. His current studies focus on defective calcium handling in the development of heart failure, the role of autophagy in cardiomyocyte survival and death, and the epigenetic and transcription mechanisms that control cardiomyocyte proliferation, growth, and survival. Importantly, the Hill lab has a large clinical focus with many experiments specifically designed to generate and test potential therapeutic interventions.

In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be two sessions of four short talks given by UNC graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. There will also be two poster sessions for researchers to present their current work. The morning session talks and posters will be presented by IVB trainees, while the afternoon sessions will be comprised of MHI graduate students, post-doctoral and medical fellows, medical residents, and guest presenters from nearby institutions. Approximately eight weeks before the symposium, researchers interested in presenting posters at the symposium will submit their scientific abstracts, from which eight will be selected by IVB trainees for short talks based on the impact of their current work.

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