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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).
Rachel Drake was awarded the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship in April. This scholarship is awarded to two student-athletes from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program; scholarships were awarded primarily based on academic achievement. Congrats Rachel!
Stephen Quallich presented his poster "High-speed visualization of steam pops during radiofrequency ablation" at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis (April 8-10, 2014). Ryan Goff and Paul Iaizzo were co-authors.
VHL faculty, staff, graduate students, and volunteers hosted "A Heart to Learn" hands-on learning activity at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis (April 8-10, 2014).
On April 25, 2014, Paul Iaizzo made a lunchtime presentation and provided a lab tour for Department of Surgery members interested in learning more about the Visible Heart Lab. This was part of the deparmental Brown Bag Lunch Series.
Ryan Goff earned his PhD degree on March 4, 2014 after presenting his thesis entitled "Studies of Cryothermal Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation." Great job, Ryan!!
At the ACC Scientific Sessions in Washington DC (March 29-31, 2014), Stephen Quallich presented his poster entitled "Analyzing the perforation force of swine and human atria before, during and following cardiac ablation." Paul Iaizzo was a co-author.
Stephen Quallich traveled to Munich Germany for the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society (ECAS) Conference in March 2014. He gave an oral presentation on his PhD research entitled "Acute pulmonary vein stenosis during and following ablations." Paul Iaizzo was a co-author.
Kevin Kriege was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Gregory Marzolf Jr. Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Kevin!!
Paul Iaizzo and Megan Schmidt represented the Visible Heart Lab at the Muscular Dystrophy 2014 Lab Day on February 8, 2014. Participants learned about cardiac anatomy, physiology, and devices at the demonstration.
Brian Howard successfully passed his Oral Preliminary Exams on January 30, 2014. Great job!
Ashish Singal presented his research poster, Tissue Response to Ablative Modalities, at the LifeScience Alley 2013 Conference (Healthcare Transformation-Surviving the Shift) on November 20, 2013. Co-authors included: Charles Soule, John Ballard, Erik Cressman, and Paul Iaizzo.
Paul Iaizzo was interviewed in a KSTP news story about how the U of M Researches Connection Between Black Bears and Heart Health in Humans.
Julianne Spencer successfully defended her PhD thesis "The implications and effects of coronary venous anatomy on clinical interventions" on November 27, 2013. Congratulations Dr. Spencer!