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Courses in which Paul laizzo Participates

Advanced Neuromuscular Junction Physiology (PHSL 5511)

Physiology Laboratory (BMEN 3701)

Tissue Engineering (BMEN 5041)

Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy (PHYS 5510)
(Dr. Iaizzo is the course originator and director)

TMJ and Craniofacial Pain: Advanced Theory and Principles (Dent 8440)

Muscle (BIOC/PHSL/BMEN 5444)

New Product Design and Business Development (BMEN 8401-8402, ME 8221-8222, ENTR 6041-6042, OMS 6061-6062)

Neuroscience at Itasca (NSC 5100/4185/5551)
(Dr. Iaizzo is coordinator for the Neuromuscular Junction module at Itasca Biological Station)

Biomedical Application of Heat Transfer in Humans (BMEN 5371/5701)
(Dr. Iaizzo is the course originator and director)

Literature Seminar: Biomedical Journal Club at weekly Laboratory meetings (BMEN 8970)

Principles of Physiology/Neurophysiology Lectures (PHSL 3061/5061)

Physiology Lab (PHSL 5111-5112)

Educational Outreach

Lab Tours:

The Visible Heart Lab hosts several different group tours throughout the year including high school and nursing students. The tours generally consist of a historical overview of the Visible Heart Lab, as well as a tour of the human heart library and muscle bath experiments. If the visit is organized on an experiment day (generally Tuesdays and Thursdays), participants have the opportunity to observe a portion of the surgical procedures. Group tour participants are required to sign a waiver; a parental/guardian signature is required for participants under 18 years of age. We request a minimum chaperone ratio of 1:10. Visitors are asked to eat before coming to the lab and be respectful of the research environment. If you would like to coordinate a tour of the Visible Heart Laboratory, please contact Monica Mahre at mahre002@umn.edu.

Outreach Events:

The Visible Heart Lab participates in a variety of outreach events such as the American Heart Association Heart Walk, The Minnesota State Fair and middle school science or health fairs. We are equipped to set up our educational materials as a booth that includes plastinated heart models, 3D printed heart models, the Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy (created by VHL), and a pacemaker simulation. We can also set up a demonstration where students participate in different educational stations using a passport to discover the answers to various heart questions. The “A Heart to Learn" passport was developed for elementary and middle school outreach and heart education through the Visible Heart Laboratory and Lillehei Heart Institute. The educational stations are set up in a gymnasium or large area of the hosting party. Elementary students are given a “Heart to Learn" passport and adequate time (~1 hour) to visit different stations focused on heart sounds, basic cardiac anatomy, cardiac history and heart health. Upon completion of the passport, students receive a prize. Our goal is to get kids excited about science, to help them understand the importance of a healthy heart/lifestyle, and to provide a basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and physiology. If you are interested in setting up an educational outreach event, please contact Monica Mahre at mahre002@umn.edu or Tinen Iles at thealy@umn.edu.


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