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Stephen Quallich won 1st place for his poster at the IEM Annual Conference & Retreat on September 22, 2014 (Minneapolis, MN). Steve's research poster "Analyzing the perforation force before, during and following cardiac ablation" was awarded 1st place honors in the Cardiovascular Engineering division. Congrats Stephen!
Paul Iaizzo delivered a keynote presetation at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, MN on September 19, 2014.
Paul Iaizzo, along with Tinen Iles, Brian Howard, Stephen Quallich, Lars Mattison, Megan Schmidt, and Medical Device Center staff Dan Orban and John Huss hosted a 4-day hands-on exhibition of cardiac anatomy and physiology at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2014 Annual Scientific Symposium in Washington DC (September 13-17, 2014).
PhD graduate students presented research posters at the TCT 2014 Annual Scientific Conference in Washington DC (September 13-17, 2014): 1) Stephen Quallich: A novel device for transseptal puncture to minimize iatrogenic atrial septal defect (co-authors: Mark Benscoter, Megan Schmidt, Lars Mattison, Salah El Haddi, Paul Iaizzo); and 2) Megan Schmidt: The recording of monophasic action potentials simultaneously from both the epicardial and endocardial surfaces of porcine hearts (co-authors: Tinen Iles, Gabriel Hernandez, Mark Benscoter, Dr. Michael Franz, Paul Iaizzo)
Ashish Singal successfully defended his PhD thesis on August 11, 2014. Thesis title: The comparative assessment of clinical ablative therapies: effects on physiological and biomechanical properties of tissues in response to therapeutic doses. Great job, Dr. Singal!
The following manuscripts were recently accepted for publication:
The Visible Heart Lab hosted a demonstration table at the Lillehei Heart Institute Tech Summit on June 11, 2014. The summit celebrated the 60th anniversary of cross-circulation and the 800th heart transplant at the University of Minnesota. Representatives from the VHL included: Paul Iaizzo, Brian Howard, Steve Quallich, Megan Schmidt, and Lars Mattison.
Paul Iaizzo, Lars Mattison, Salah James El Haddi, Brian Howard, Grant Gangeness, and Jeff Reineke hosted various hands-on cardiac educational activities at the AHA Heart Walk at Target Field on May 31, 2014.
Brian Howard, Paul Iaizzo and Tinen Iles traveled to Chicago for the Mimics Innovation Conference (May 15-16, 2014) where two posters were presented: 1) Human heart library and cardiac model reconstructions; and 2) Enhanced visual learning of cardiac anatomy via the painting of 3D heart models.
Cole Holmgren presented his graduate research on May 8, 2014, earning his masters degree in Biomedical Engineering. Cole has rejoined his medical school class (MD/MS Program). Congrats Cole!
VHL faculty, staff, and graduate students, together with Medical Device Center Fellows, hosted "A Heart to Learn" educational events at Transfiguration School in Oakdale (304 students, Kindergarten through 8th grade) and Scandia Elementary (200 students, 4th-6th grade) in April and May. Guided by "passports," students travel to six different stations to learn about cardiac anatomy, heart sounds, heart rates, cardiovascular history at the U of MN, cardiac devices, and heart health.
Paul Iaizzo and Michael Bateman (PhD, 2012) were co-authors on a poster presented at Heart Rhythm 2014 Conference in San Francisco (May 7-10, 2014). The title of the poster: 3D anatomy of the human cardiac conduction system and its relationship to the aortic valve. Other co-authors included: Halina Dobrzynski PhD, Andrew Atkinson MSc, Robert Anderson MD, FRCP, and Mark Boyett PhD.
Paul Iaizzo presented a talk on "Testing of Cardiac Ablative Devices Employing Visible Heart Methodologies" at the Society for Thermal Medicine Conference in Minneapolis on May 7, 2014.
Ashish Singal presented his research in poster format at the 14th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ITSU) in Las Vegas in April (April 2-5, 2014).