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Former graduate student Alex Hill (PhD, 2003) was recognized as a 2015 Bakken Fellow for his achivements and key contributions to Medtronic.
Lars Mattison successfully passed his oral preliminary exams on August 26th (OPE title: Ablation of Cardiothoracic TIssues: Threshold of Therapy vs. Collateral Cell Damage).
"Direct visualization of an iatrogenic septal defect in a reanimated human heart" will be published in Heart Rhythm Case Reports. Co-authors are Steve Howard, Ryan Goff, David Benditt, and Paul Iaizzo.
The manuscript "Assessing the relative integrity of formed cardiac linear lesions by recording both focal monophasic action potentials and contact forces: a technical brief" will be published in the Journal of Translational Engineering in Health & Medicine (IEEE). Co-authors include Mark Benscoter and Paul Iaizzo.
Co-authors Mark Ditmer, John Vincent, Leland Werden, Paul Iaizzo, Dave Garshelis, and John Fieberg published a manuscript in Current Biology entitled "Bears show a physiological but limited behavioral response to unmanned aerial vehicles." DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.07.024.
Our two LSSURP students presented posters on their summer research projects on August 6th at McNamara Alumni Center, including 1) Jamilisse Segarra-Villafane: Effects of laser-cutting in muscle tissue biomechanics; and 2) Jason Kelly: Highlighting coronary vasculature of perfusion-fixed hearts using magnetic resonance imaging.
LHI Scholars presented posters summarizing their summer research projects on July 29th, including 1) Lizzy Laakso: Comparison of the anatomical changes of swine hearts in situ and in vitro with echocardiography; and 2) Emily Syverud: Improving MRI scans of perfusion-fixed en bloc heart lung specimens.
Paul Iaizzo presented "Innovation on the Edge: from reanimated human hearts to hibernating black bears" at the Association of Medical Illustrators annual conference (AMI 2015) hosted by the Cleveland Clinic on Friday, July 24th.
CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen Quallich who started his new job at Medtronic in June as a Senior Reliability Engineer.
CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Howard who accepted a position at Medtronic and will be starting soon: Senior Biomedical Engineer in the AF group.
CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Iaizzo on his 25th service anniversary at the University of Minnesota (7/1).
CONGRATULATIONS to co-authors Ryan Goff, Jules Spencer, and Paul Iaizzo on the acceptance of their manuscript "MRI reconstructions of human phrenic nerve anatomy and computational modeling of cryoballoon ablative therapy" for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
PhD graduate students presented posters about their research at the annual Department of Surgery Research Day on June 16th:
*Alex Mattson: Determination of acute perforation properties of the right atrium in a swine model
* Lars Mattison: Phrenic nerve response to cryoablation therapies
* Megan Schmidt: Comparison of monophasic action potential recorded simultaneously in the right and left atrium in re-animated porcine hearts
Faculty, staff, and graduate students hosted an exhibition on cardiac anatomy and physiology at the annual Congenital and Structural Innterventions conference in Frankfurt (June 24-27). Thanks to Paul Iaizzo, Tinen Iles, Lars Mattison, Megan Schmidt, and Alex Mattson for representing the lab in fine fashion!!
Megan Schmidt and Lars Mattison hosted a cardiac anatomy/physiology demonstration and also presented at the 2nd Chance for Life patient education conference on June 6th.
The Visible Heart Lab was featured on the front page of the Star Tribune in an article about 3D printing.
Mark Benscoter successfully defended his PhD studies entitled "Study of atrial septal puncture and monophasic action potential contact force for medical device enhancements to improve ablation procedure outcomes" on April 27th. Congrats to Dr. Benscoter!!
Dr. Paul Iaizzo was just named a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. The FHRS credential exemplifies advanced training, certification, and commitment to the field of electrophysiology.
Lars Mattison was selected as a predoctoral trainee on the NIH Minnesota Muscle Training Program grant starting May 1st.
Brian Howard traveled to Nice France for the 35th Annual Scientific Sessions of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Brian co-authored a poster that was presented at the sessions entitled "Prolonged Lung Preservation at 24 Hours using Donor Whole Blood Perfusion in the Organ Care System (OCS)."
Staff and graduate students hosted a cardiac anatomy & physiology demonstration at the U's Mini Medical School on March 30th. The topic of the sessions was "Getting to the Heart of the Matter."
Megan Schmidt and Lars Mattison attended the ACC 2015 annual scientific sessions in San Diego (March 14-16), where they presented research posters "Comparison of Monophasic Action Potentials Recorded Simultaneously in the Right and Left Atrium in Reanimated Porcine Hearts" and "Phrenic Nerve Response to Cryoablation Therapies" respectively.
The Visible Heart Lab was featured in a story by the University of Minnesota Foundation on taking research From the lab to the north woods.
Advancing the Heart, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made a generous financial donation to our lab in January 2015, in support of research related to innovative cardiac technology.
Our lab was fortunate to receive two generous financial gifts from HLT, Inc. and The Wallin Foundation in November/December 2014. This funding is dedicated to the support of graduate students and selected research projects.
CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Iaizzo on his 200th published manuscript in peer reviewed journals!!
The following manuscripts were recently accepted for publication: