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Yoram Rudy

Rudy Received the Chancellor's Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Chancellor Martin announced that CBAC Director and Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Yoram Rudy has received the Chancellor's Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Rudy gave a presentation on his work during the award ceremony on November 8.

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Dr. Stacey Rentschler

Congratulations to Dr. Stacey Rentschler!

Stacey Rentschler, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Division) with tenure.



Douglas L. Mann

Mann to deliver keynote address at the Acute Cardiac Unloading and Recovery's 4th Annual Symposium

Douglas L. Mann, the Tobias & Hortense Lewin Distinguished Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Division) will deliver the keynote address at the Acute Cardiac Unloading and Recovery's 4th Annual Symposium. The symposium will take place on August 29-30, 2019 in Paris, France.

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Jennifer Silva

Skandy Awards Honors Innovation and Entrepreneurship at WashU

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the Skandalaris Center hosted the second annual Skandy Awards. The awards welcomed of the WashU and St. Louis community to celebrate the innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial achievements of Washington University students, faculty and alumni.

CBAC members, Drs. Phillip Cuculich (upper left) and Jennifer Silva (bottom left) were awarded the Skandalaris Center Awards in Innovation.

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Pamela Woodard

Woodard named Wilson Professor of Radiology

Recognized for accomplishments in cardiovascular maging and research

Pamela K. Woodard, MD, CBAC member and professor of radiology recognized for her expertise in cardiothoracic radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the inaugural Hugh Monroe Wilson Professor of Radiology.

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Rudy named to National Academy of Inventors

CBAC Director, Yoram Rudy, along with a faculty member from the School of Medicine, were named to the National Academy of Inventors.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows Program highlights inventors who demonstrate a “prolific spirit of innovation.”

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Daniel Ory to Join Casma Therapeutics Executive Team as a Senior Vice President

CBAC member, Daniel Ory, M.D. professor of medicine, cell biology and physiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will bring his expertise in biomarker and clinical development of rare genetic diseases to his new role as senior vice president of translational medicine.

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Congratulations to Newest CBAC Member Michael Greenberg

Michael Greenberg, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine, received a five-year, nearly $2.7 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work titled “Regulation of cardiac power output in health and disease.” Greenberg also received a two-year, $150,000 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes for his research titled “Understanding Congenital Heart Disease from the Ground Up.”



Congratulations to Dr. Jon Silva!

Jonathan Silva, Ph.D., has been promoted to associate professor of biomedical engineering with tenure effective July 1, 2018.



CBAC Director Dr. Yoram Rudy to Give Keynote Lecture at the 14th International Dead Sea Symposium (IDSS) 2018

Dr. Yoram Rudy will give the keynote lecture entitled, "Breakthrough in Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Noninvasive Treatment of Ventricular Tachycardia Guided by Electrocardiographic Imaging (ECGI)" during the 14th International Dead Sea Symposium (IDSS) on Innovations in
Cardiac Arrhythmias & Heart Failure, October 18-31, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Jennifer Silva Selected as Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship

CBAC member Jennifer Silva, and Vijay Ramani chosen as inaugural faculty fellows

Two faculty members were named inaugural faculty fellows in entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. and Raymond H. Witcoff Distinguished University Professor of Environment and Energy, is the faculty fellow on the Danforth Campus, and Jennifer Silva, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, will serve as the faculty fellow on the Medical Campus.

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CBAC Members' Paper, "Noninvasive Cardiac Radiation for Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia" Published in the New England Journal of Medicine

The paper entitled, "Noninvasive Cardiac Radiation for Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia" was authored by CBAC members, Phillip S. Cuculich, M.D., Matthew R. Schill, M.D. (Dr. Douglas Mann's Lab), Daniel Cooper, M.D., Mitchell Faddis, M.D., Ph.D., Amit Noheria, M.B., B.S., Timothy W. Smith, M.D., D.Phil., Yoram Rudy, Ph.D., and Clifford G. Robinson, M.D.

Additional authors include: Rojano Kashani, Ph.D., Sasa Mutic, Ph.D., Adam Lang, M.D., Marye Gleva, M.D., Dennis Hallahan, M.D.

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Kovács earn lifetime honors from Barnes-Jewish association

CBAC member Sándor J. Kovács Jr., MD, PhD, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Staff Association. The award were presented at the association’s semi-annual general staff meeting, April 13, 2017 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University Medical Center campus. 

Picture at left: Dr. Sándor J. Kovács Jr. (left) receiving the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Staff Association Lifetime Achievement Award from association president Dr. Scott Groesch. (Photo by Tim Mudrovic).

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Neha Gupta Awarded Third Place at the Academy of Science -  St. Louis Science Fair - Honors Division

Neha Gupta, who is in the eleventh grade at Rockwood Summit High school, was awarded third place at the St. Louis Science Fair. Her poster title: “Comparison of Various Phase Algorithms and Applying Them to Atrial Fibrillation Data Obtained Using Electrocardiographic Imaging"

Her mentor was Dr. Ramya Vijayakumar who is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Rudy lab.

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Van Hare Named President-Elect of the Heart Rhythm Society

CBAC member George F. Van Hare III, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society, a global research and education group focused on cardiac rhythm disorders.

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Gross Receives Alumni Award From NYU

CBAC faculty member Richard Gross, M.D., Ph.D. was awarded the Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Basic Science from the New York University School of Medicine.

The Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Basic Science is awarded to a graduate of the NYU School of Medicine who has distinguished himself or herself by major accomplishments in fundamental scientific research

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Three Biomedical Engineering Professors Elected as AIMBE Fellows

CBAC faculty member Jianmin Cui, Ph.D. and two other faculty members, Daniel Moran, Ph.D. and Rohit Pappu, Ph.D. will be inducted as fellows on April 4 in Washington, D.C.

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Graduate Student Wandi Zhu Wins Best Poster Award

Wandi Zhu, a Ph.D. student in Jonathan Silva's lab, won the best poster award at the Washington University School of Medicine's Cardiovascular Research Day on Friday, October 23, 2015. Her poster title was, "How mutations to the Nav β1 and β3 subunits cause Atrial Fibrillation and alter the Nav1.5 responses to anti-arrhythmics"



CBAC Members Best Doctors in America


CBAC Faculty on the "Best Doctors in America" List

Congratulations to the CBAC faculty that have been placed on the Best Doctors List in America for 2015.  Best Doctors in America uses peer-to-peer surveys to identify specialists considered by fellow physicians to be the most skilled in their fields and most qualified for reviewing and treating complex medical conditions. This list is also published every August by St Louis Magazine.

Phillip S. Cuculich, MD - Internal Medicine
Sanjeev Bhalla, MD – Radiology
Daniel H. Cooper, MD – Cardiovascular
Ralph J. Damiano Jr, MD - Thoracic Surgery
Mitchell N. Faddis, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Douglas Mann, MD - Cardiology
Clifford G. Robinson, MD - Radiation Oncology
Gautam K. Singh, MD - Pediatrics
Timothy W. Smith, D. Phil., MD - Cardiovascular Disease
George F Van Hare III MD - Pediatric Cardiology
Pamela K. Woodard, MD - Radiology

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Cardiac Arrhythmias: the Genes, the Cell, and the Clinician

On Friday, August 28th, the Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center (CBAC) of Washington University held a one-day symposium celebrating its 10th anniversary. The symposium addressed basic research and clinical issues in the field of cardiac arrhythmias. Faculty included speakers from
Washington University and guests from all around the world.

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Mann Named Editor-in-Chief of New Cardiology Journal

The American College of Cardiology has named CBAC faculty member Douglas Mann, M.D. the first editor-in-chief of its newest journal, JACC: Basic Translational Research. A monthly, open-access publication, the new journal will launch its inaugural issue in December.

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Graduate Student First Author on Paper

A recent paper, “Cardiac Electrophysiologic Substrate Underlying the ECG Phenotype and Electrogram Abnormalities in Brugada Syndrome Patients” has been accepted for publication in the journal Circulation. The paper describes research conducted by Junjie Zhang, a PhD student in Yoram Rudy's lab. Junjie used ECGI to study the arrhythmic substrate in the hearts of 25 patients with a hereditary rhythm disorder, called the Brugada syndrome associated with an increased incidence of sudden death.

Additional authors include CBAC Director Yoram Rudy, members Phillip Cuculich, Jennifer Silva, Daniel Cooper, Mitchell Faddis, alumnus Thomas O'Hara, Frédéric Sacher, Kurt Hoffmayer, Maria Strom, Mélèze Hocini, Michel Haïssaguerre, and Melvin Scheinman.




Medical researchers receive NIH grant for summer institute program

D.C. Rao, Ph.D., director of the Division of Biostatistics, professor of biostatistics and of biostatistics in genetics and psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and CBAC member Victor G. Davila-Roman, MD, professor of medicine, of anesthesiology and of radiology, have received a four-year, $1.28 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a program titled “PRIDE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology.”



NIH grant to support study of heart’s inner mechanisms

Findings could lead to better treatment for cardiac arrhythmia and long QT syndrome

CBAC member Jianmin Cui, Ph.D. has received a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the molecular bases for the function of potassium channels vital for the heart, brain, inner ear and other tissues.


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