On March 28, the Libin Institute held its 2013 Research Day and more than 150 staff, students, researchers and physicians came out for a day of presentations, posters, awards and a reception and lunch. The theme this year was heart electrophysiology.
The day opened with opening remarks from Donald Welsh, Chair of the Libin Education Committee and Dr. Todd Anderson, Director of the Libin Institute. Dr. Ed O’Brien, the Institute’s Research Director, then delivered a presentation about the future of research at Libin and urged the audience to think about what our next bold phase is. He spoke about working together to create “gamechanger” ideas to improve how we operate as a research institute. “We need a single rallying cry shared by all,” he says. “If everything is important, nothing is important.”
Despite a last-minute emergency that prevented Alberta Innovates Health Solution Acting CEO Pamela Valentine from attending and delivering her scheduled talk, the morning quickly got underway with the trainee Rapid Fire Talks. Eleven trainees presented their work and fielded questions from the audience.
During lunch, more than 20 judges and general attendees engaged with the trainees at their posters. There were a total of 63 posters in the showcase.
In the afternoon, SR Wayne Chen, HSF/Libin Professor, Physiology & Biophysics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology presented on latest research on ryanodine-receptor-associated cardiac arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. Dr. Brenda Gerull followed up by delivering her talk on “Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy: From Bench to Bedside”. She shared research she’s working on involving examining gene mutations that cause predominant left-ventricular arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy in homogygous carriers in Hutterite populations.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark Anderson, Head of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa – Carver College of Medicine. He delivered the 2013 Dr. E.R. Smith Lecture. He spoke on the multifunctional Ca2+/calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and shared his discoveries on its relationship to myocardial dysfunction and arrhythmias.
The day was a great success and we want to thank all the speakers, sponsors (Zymmetrix and Innovate Calgary) and everyone who came out for this enlightening day of learning. See you next year!
Poster Competition Award Winners
Clinical Trainee Category
Jillian D. Colbert
Abstract Title: Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral and Attendance in Women: A high risk population with two strikes against it
Abstract Title: Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / Angiotensin Receptor Blockers and Risk of Contrast Induced Acute Kidney Injury: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Grad Student Category
Abstract Title: Protein Kinase A Regulation of T-type Calcium Channels in Cerebral Arterial Smooth Muscle
Abstract Title: Glycogen synthase kinase-3β stimulates myocardin activity in human vascular smooth muscle cells
Abstract Title: Abnormal Termination of Ca2+ Release Is a Common Defect of RyR2 Mutations Associated with Cardiomyopathies
Post-Doctoral Fellow Category
Abstract Title: “Endothelial Kca Channels Regulate Blood Pressure in a Large Animal Model”
Rapid Fire Talks by Trainees (by order of presentation)
“Flow Mediated Constriction in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery
“Clinical Outcomes of Primary PCI in Octogenarians Compared to Their Younger Counterparts”
“Neonatal Outcomes in Infants <34 Weeks Gestation Born to Preeclamptic Mothers Who Smoke, A Five Year Review”
“The Correlation Between Angiography and MIBI in Predicting Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in the Early Post-Transplant Population”
Kathryn R. Crowder
“The Effect of Implementing High-Sensitivity Troponin Testing on Operational Efficiency in Three Large Urban Emergency Departments”
“Abnormal Termination of Ca2+ Release Is a Common Defect of RyR2 Mutations Associated with Cardiomyopathies”
“The Effect of Nocturnal Hypoxia on the Vascular Response to Angiotensin II Infusion in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea”
“Endothelial Kca Channels Regulate Blood Pressure in a Large Animal Model”
Sara Turner (supervisor Justin MacDonald presented)
“Deletion of Smoothelin-like 1 (SMTNL1) results in enhanced myogenic tone potential in mouse mesenteric arterioles”
“Protein Kinase A Regulation of T-type Calcium Channels in Cerebral Arterial Smooth Muscle”