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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:
Lars Mattison and Megan Schmidt hosted a cardiac anatomy exhibit at the LifeScience Alley 2014 conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 19, 2014.
Megan Schmidt presented her research "Comparison of epicardial and endocardial monophasic action potentials recorded simultaneously from reanimated porcine hearts" at the Design of Medical Devices Europe Conference in The Netherlands (October 22-24, 2014).
Stephen Quallich presented his research poster "Changes in cardiac tissue properties relative to the applications of radiofrequency or cryo ablative therapies" at the BMES 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas (October 22-25, 2014).
Stephen Quallich won 1st place for his poster at the IEM Annual Conference & Retreat on September 22, 2014 (Minneapolis, MN). Steve's research poster "Analyzing the perforation force before, during and following cardiac ablation" was awarded 1st place honors in the Cardiovascular Engineering division.
Paul Iaizzo delivered a keynote presetation at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, MN on September 19, 2014.
Paul Iaizzo, along with Tinen Iles, Brian Howard, Stephen Quallich, Lars Mattison, Megan Schmidt, and Medical Device Center staff Dan Orban and John Huss hosted a 4-day hands-on exhibition of cardiac anatomy and physiology at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2014 Annual Scientific Symposium in Washington DC (September 13-17, 2014).
PhD graduate students presented research posters at the TCT 2014 Annual Scientific Conference in Washington DC (September 13-17, 2014): 1) Stephen Quallich: A novel device for transseptal puncture to minimize iatrogenic atrial septal defect (co-authors: Mark Benscoter, Megan Schmidt, Lars Mattison, Salah El Haddi, Paul Iaizzo); and 2) Megan Schmidt: The recording of monophasic action potentials simultaneously from both the epicardial and endocardial surfaces of porcine hearts (co-authors: Tinen Iles, Gabriel Hernandez, Mark Benscoter, Dr. Michael Franz, Paul Iaizzo)
Ashish Singal successfully defended his PhD thesis on August 11, 2014. Thesis title: The comparative assessment of clinical ablative therapies: effects on physiological and biomechanical properties of tissues in response to therapeutic doses. Great job, Dr. Singal!