UT Southwestern to present more than 80 abstracts at American Heart Association conference

Dallas – Nov. 15, 2013 – More than 50 UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiovascular researchers and clinicians will present approximately 80 abstracts at the American Heart Association 2013 Scientific Sessions November 17-19 in Dallas. UT Southwestern also will host an exhibit that highlights the Medical Center’s top cardiovascular achievements and showcases the future of heart care, today.

Internationally recognized as a center of cardiology excellence, UT Southwestern is home to Nobel Laureates Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein, Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics, and Dr. Michael Brown, Director of the Erik Jonsson Center for Research in Molecular Genetics and Human Disease. Their groundbreaking research discovered the low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor and ultimately led to lifesaving statins for heart disease. Their legacy lives on today with other groundbreaking research at UT Southwestern including the work of Dr. Helen Hobbs, Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Dr. Hobbs identified a genetic mutation that reduces cholesterol and the risk of coronary artery disease, which has led to a worldwide interest in PCSK9 as a potential target for therapeutics. In addition, Dr. Hobbs is Director of the Dallas Heart Study, a longitudinal, multiethnic, population-based study of Dallas County that focuses on defining the genetic determinants of plasma lipoprotein levels and cardiovascular risk.

“We are pleased to welcome the international cardiology community to our hometown,” said Dr. Joseph A. Hill, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern. “This year we have an unprecedented number of abstracts being presented at the meeting that highlight the outstanding work underway by our cardiologists, right here in Dallas.”

Noteworthy Oral Presentations

  • Drs. Zhao V. Wang and Joseph A. Hill (Nov. 17, 4:45-5:00, Hall B-5) The Mechanistic Link Between the Unfolded Protein Response and the Hexosamine Biosynthesis in Ischemia/Reperfusion in Heart (Abstract 11565)
  • Drs. Ian Neeland and James de Lemos (Nov. 17, 4:45-5:00, Room  D163) Body Fat Distribution and Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Obese Adults (Abstract 12141)
  • Dr. Hesham Sadek (Nov. 17, 6:05-6:15, Clear Fork Room) MicroRNAs and Cardiac Regeneration
  • Dr. Benjamin Levine (Nov. 18, 4:30-4:45, Ballrooms C3&C4) Physical Activity: US Perspective
  • Drs. Sandeep Das and Jonathan Enriquez (Nov. 18, 4:00-4:15, Room  D163) The Association of Electronic Health Record Use With Acute MI Quality of Care and Outcomes: Results From the NCDR® (Abstract 12518)
  • Drs. Andre Paixao and Amit Khera (Nov. 19, 3:00-3:15, Room D167) Coronary Artery Calcium Reclassifies Risk in Younger Individuals: Results From the Dallas Heart Study (Abstract 14328)
  • Drs. James de Lemos and Amit Khera (Nov. 19, 4:00-4:15, Room D170) Multimodality Risk Assessment in the General Population (Abstract 12695)
  • Drs. William Cornwell and Jarett Berry (Nov. 19, 4:30-4:45, Room D170) Combined Association of Midlife Obesity and Fitness With Longterm Risk of Heart Failure - The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (Abstract 15669)

Noteworthy Poster Sessions

  • Drs. Ryan Martin and Pradeep Mammen (Nov. 17, 3:00-4:30, Hall F, Core 5, Poster Board: 5022) Development of a Unique Mode of Cardiac Remodeling in Muscular Dystrophy Patients (Abstract 18878)
  • Drs. Ambarish Pandey and Jarett Berry (Nov. 18, 9:00-5:00, Hall F, Best of AHA Specialty Conferences, Poster Board: QCOR18) Change in Midlife Fitness Is an Independent Predictor of Heart Failure in Older Age (Abstract 11910)
  • Drs. Shuaib Abdullah and Benjamin Levine (Nov. 18, 9:00-5:00, Hall F, Core 2, Poster Board: 2069) Effects of Prolonged Space Flight on Cardiac Structure and Function (Abstract 18672)

In addition to the diverse presentations covering topics ranging from lifestyle management that reduces cardiovascular risk to novel concepts in heart regeneration, UT Southwestern will be present on the exhibit floor (Booth #633). The exhibit showcases the leading-edge research, education, and patient care taking place at UT Southwestern. Attendees can visit with UT Southwestern cardiology faculty and fellows to learn more about the Medical Center’s pioneering expertise.

Learn more about UT Southwestern’s expertise in virtually all aspects of modern cardiovascular care and state-of-the-art research.


About UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including five who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. Numbering more than 2,700, the faculty is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide medical care in 40 specialties to nearly 90,000 hospitalized patients and oversee more than 1.9 million outpatient visits a year.

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