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Jamilisse Segarra's abstract "Effects of laser-cutting in muscle tissue biomechanics" was selected for presentation at the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Student (ABRCMS). This conference will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (Nov. 11-14, 2015).
Kathryn Thomas presented her research poster at the CTSI Fall Scholar and Mentor Reception on September 17th, and was recognized with a travel award of $1,500 to present her research at an upcoming national conference. These awards were distributed to the top posters based on presenter translation plans, including next steps, barriers to translation, and how the
project will contribute to improving human health.
Megan Schmidt successfully passed her oral preliminary exams on September 11th (OPE title: Utility of Monophasic Action Potentials as a Means of Monitoring Electrophysiologic Function during the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias).
Lars Mattison presented a research poster at the 1st World Congress of Electroporation in Slovenia (September 6-10, 2015).
Stephen Quallich successfully defended his PhD thesis "Studies of Ablation Complications During the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation" on September 1st.
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!!