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Paul Iaizzo was featured in an Academic Health Center video where he talks about the work being performed in the Visible Heart Lab.
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!
Paul Iaizzo, Ryan Goff, and Julianne Spencer collaborated with Medtronic at the American Heart Association 2013 Scientific Sessions (Dallas, TX) to provide a hands-on demonstration of cardiac anatomy.
Ryan Goff presented his poster "In vitro assessment of phrenic nerve cryothermal injury" at the American Heart Association 2013 Scientific Sessions in Dallas, TX in November.
Tinen Iles presented information about cardiac anatomy and physiology to ~75 6th graders at William Byrne Elementary in Burnsville on November 18, 2013.
Two posters were presented at the TCT 2013 Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA: 1) "Direct visualization of pulmonary vein ablations within reanimated swine hearts to investigate recent advances in cryo-balloon technologies" (Ryan Goff, Wyn Davies, Mark Benscoter, Stephen Howard, Paul Iaizzo) and 2) "Three dimensional reconstructions of the left phrenic nerve anatomy in relation to the coronary venous system" (Julianne Spencer, Ryan Goff, Paul Iaizzo)
Two posters were presented at the Marzolf Symposium at the University of Minnesota on October 30th: 1) "Simultaneous in vivo assessment of contractile properties and EMG activity in a knock-out mouse model of myotonic dystrophy" (Oliver Bandschapp, Charles Soule, Paul Iaizzo); 2) "Tissue response to ablative modalities" (Ashish Singal, Charles Soule, John Ballard, Erik Cressman, Paul Iaizzo)
Two Hands On Hearts youth educational events were hosted in October 2013 at: 1) Camp Odayin (Amery, WI), a camp for families and their kids dealing with heart disease, and 2) Oak Park Elementary (Stillwater, MN), an educational opportunity for 260 4th-6th graders.
The manuscript "A detailed assessment of the human coronary venous system using contrast computed tomography of perfusion-fixed specimens" was accepted for publication in Heart Rhythm Journal. Congrats to co-authors Julianne Spencer, Allison Larson, Rachel Drake, and Paul Iaizzo!
Tinen Iles facilitated an educational event for ~40 preschool and kindergarten students at Wooddale Church in September 2013.
Robert Buechler presented his research project "Thermal tolerance of myocardium during cryoablation" and earned his Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering on October 8th, 2013. Congratulations, Robert!
On September 17th, Dr. Paul Iaizzo hosted a tour for several delegates from the Chicago International Trade Commissioners' Association (CITCA) in conjunction with Governor Dayton's office.
The article "The benefits of the Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy website for the design of cardiac devices" was accepted for publication in Expert Review of Medical Devices. Congrats to co-authors Julianne Spencer, Jason Quill (PhD, 2009), Mike Bateman (PhD, 2012), Mike Eggen (PhD, 2009), Steve Howard (PhD, 2013), Ryan Goff, Brian Howard, Steve Quallich, and Paul Iaizzo.
Stephen Howard earned his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering on September 4th after presenting his thesis "Interatrial Septal Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics: Implications for Percutaneous Delivery of Cardiac Devices." Congrats Dr. Howard!
Stephen Quallich passed the oral preliminary exams on September 4th for his PhD studies on "Investigations of Tissue Property Changes and the Potential Complications Associated with Cardiac Ablation." Congratulations Steve!
On August 29th, several staff members, graduate students (current and former), medical students, and lab volunteers facilitated a hands on cardiac anatomy educational activity for Minnesota State Fairgoers. Thanks to Rob Colbert, Alice Lehman, Chris Rolfes, Melissa White, Brian Howard, Jules Spencer, Jenna Zimmerman, Mira Khatib, and Gary Williams for working at this community outreach event!!
Elizabeth Lezama and Ashley Scott presented research posters at the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program Symposium at the McNamara Alumni Center on August 8th:
The Visible Heart Lab was featured in a WCCO news story about how Whole Body Donations Help Teach Future Doctors.
Julianne Spencer accepted the position Senior Reliability Engineer-Post Market Quality for the CRDM Division of Medtronic, Inc., and will start on August 20th.
Eric Richardson (PhD, 2009) accepted a Faculty position in Biomedical Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He will co-chair the Masters Program Committee and be responsible for developing a new medical innovation program/courses. Congratulations Eric!
Paul Iaizzo co-authored a book chapter "Electro-physiological solutions for cardiac disease" along with Mike Eggen (PhD, 2009) and LJ Mulligan and JP Lalonde. This chapter can be found in Section V (Interventional Disease Treatment) of the 2nd edition of Biomedical Technology and Devices, published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis in June 2013. Congrats to Paul and Mike!
Dona Suardini presented her research titled "Tensile behavior of fresh porvine and ovine mitral valve chordae tendineae" and earned her Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering on July 22nd, 2013. Great job, Dona!
Visible Heart Lab faculty, staff, graduate students, and medical students hosted Hands on Hearts demonstrations for the University of Minnesota Summer Camp program on July 17th and 19th, 2013. Guided by "passports," summer camp kids learned about heart anatomy, heart sounds, heart rates before and after exercise, cardiac devices, and heart-healthy life habits.
Faculty, staff, graduate students, and medical students facilitated a hands-on demonstration of human hearts on July 17th, 2013 at The Bakken Museum, as part of Best Days of the Bakken.
Stephen Howard accepted a position as Senior Systems Engineer in AF Solutions, Medtronic, Inc. Congrats!
Article “Pathophysiologic and anesthetic considerations for patients with myotonia congenita or periodic paralyses“ was recently published in Pediatric Anesthesia. Congratulations to co-authors Drs. Oliver Bandschapp and Paul Iaizzo!
Several PhD graduate students presented posters at the Department of Surgery Research Day on June 10th, 2013:
Stephen Howard: 3D assessments of patent foramen ovale within human hearts: insights relative to design considerations for medical devices
Ryan Goff: In-vitro method for assessment of phrenic nerve injury
Stephen Quallich: Analyzing the parameters associated with radiofrequency ablation steam pop occurrences (also presented in Young Investigator Presentations)
Ashish Singal: Tissue response to ablative modalities
Julianne Spencer: 3-dimensional reconstructions of the human coronary artery system using contrast computed tomography of perfusion-fixed specimens
Stephen Howard presented his poster "3D assessments of patent foramen ovale within human hearts: insights relative to design considerations for medical devices" at the Minnesota Muscle Symposium at the University of Minnesota on June 7th, 2013.