First inaugural Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center (CBAC) Retreat

The CBAC Retreat was a full day of exciting lectures, informal talks and dialogue, and presentations from various CBAC faculty members whose interests range in both research and clinical studies. See Retreat Itinerary (pdf).

The May 12, 2006 CBAC Retreat speakers included:

Thomas Hund, Ph.D. from the Dept. of Surgery, “CaMKII Regulation of Cardiac Cell Excitation in Normal and Diseased Myocardium: A Computational Biology Approach”;
Patrick Jay, M.D., Ph.D. from Pediatrics & Genetics, “Function Follows Form: The Role of Development in Cardiac Conduction”;
Bruce Lindsay, M.D., the Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory, “Development of Magnetic Catheter Navigation for Ablation of Complex Arrhythmias”;
Jeanne Nerbonne, Ph.D. from the Dept. of Molecular Biology & Pharmacology, “Molecular Insights Into Repolarization and Remodeling in the Ventricular Myocardium”;
Richard Schuessler, Ph.D., the Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Laboratory, “Atrial Fibrillation: Revisiting The Critical Mass Hypothesis”;
Pamela Woodard, M.D. from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, “Delayed Contrast-Enhanced Imaging of the Myocardium in Determining Cause and Source of Arrhythmogenic Foci”.
• with Colin Nichols, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology as the Morning Session Moderator, and Michael Cain, M.D., Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor of Medicine; Director, Cardiovascular Division as the Afternoon Session Moderator.

The keynote speaker was Dan Roden, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, and the Director of the Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, “Hereditary and Drug-Induced Arrhythmias: From Gene to Bedside, and Back Again”.

Also during the retreat, poster presentations were given by various CBAC students, fellows, and laboratory members that hi-lighted important research occurring in the laboratories and facilities of the CBAC faculty members. See Poster Abstract Booklet (pdf).

The CBAC Retreat focused on important and novel research by the CBAC faculty members, and hi-lighted the CBAC center’s interdisciplinary philosophy and showed how the center really does build a bridge in cardiology and cardiovascular research between the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the School of Medicine.