Spring Community Medical School Recap

Featuring CVRI's David Warshaw, PhD & Jonathan Flyer, MD


David Warshaw, PhD, Professor and Chair of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Jonathan Flyer, MD,  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

What inherited heart condition affects about 1 in 500 people? Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes an enlarged heart, which may result in chest pain, dizziness, and even a sudden cardiac arrest. Learn about the molecular motors that power the heart, mutations that impede function, and UVM research discoveries in this area.

Resources from the talk:

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Podcast Alert!

Click here to listen to UVM Medical Center's Soundcloud podcast with host Alexandra Tursi featuring David Warshaw, PhD as he talks more in depth about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and UVM research discoveries in this area.

Call for Early Career Advisory Committee Applications

The CVRI Board of Directors are requesting applications for new members for its Early Career Advisory Committee, which is tasked with identifying and addressing the needs of our Early Career scientists and involving them in CVRI activities.  Successful applicants will join an active committee and benefit from close interactions with their peers and with senior investigators.   The deadline for applications is March 6.   

 Application Process: Please submit as one PDF your letter of intent, a recommendation letter from your mentor, and your CV by March 6 to CVRI-VT@med.uvm.edu.

ECAC Member Achievement!

-        Zhaojin (Scarlett) Li is a 3rd year Neuroscience graduate student in the Cipolla lab and ECAC member studying the impact of hypertension on stroke and stroke outcome. She recently received a Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. The title of her grant is: Mechanisms of hypertension-induced vasoconstriction of leptomeningeal anastomoses”.

Congrats Juan Conde, PhD recipient of the CVRI Summer Research Fellowship Merit Award!

The CVRI sponsors summer research fellowships for cardiovascular-related research to first year medical students, which provide support for the student and for the mentor's laboratory.  At the UVM Foundations Award Celebration, CVRI Board of Directors member Marilyn Cipolla, PhD awarded Juan Conde, PhD with the CVRI Summer Research Fellowship Merit Award for his research project "Smoking, Biomarkers and Risk of Ischemic Stroke: the REGARDS Cohort" as the most meritorious cardiovascular-related research project completed during the summer fellowship.

Juan's project used data from the REGARDS study, a nationally recognized and NIH funded clinical study involving over 30,000 participants, to identify biomarkers for stroke risk in smokers.  This project analyzed large amounts of data and used biostatistical methods to address complex epidemiological questions.  The project was well-designed and executed and Juan wrote a clear and concise final report.  Juan found that stroke risk increased 32% for smokers compared to never smokers and that there was a dose-relationship with former and current smokers with regards to pack years.  He also found 3 out of 7 serum biomarkers were affected by smoking status.  This study was novel in that it included a racially diverse cohort and took account possible synergy with other vascular risk factors.

Mark Your Calendars

March 21: ECAC Science Jam!

April 25-26: Early Career Visiting Professor: Viviany Taqueti, MD, MPH, Brigham & Women's, Harvard

May 13-14: Norman R. Alpert Visiting Professor Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, Northwestern Medicine

May 14: Join us at Community Medical School talk entitled "With Stroke, Every Minute Counts: When Time = Brain" by Marilyn Cipolla, PhD & Evadne Marcolini, MD

Have a cardiovascular speaker you'd like to bring to campus?

Information on CVRI Co-Sponsorship of Cardiovascular Seminars can be found on the Application for Visiting Professor Funding

Internal Grant Review

CVRI provides internal review of grant applications to support cardiovascular research. E-mail CVRI for more information.  *NOTE: The request for internal review must be made at least 6 weeks before the submission deadline.

CVRI Travel Awards

CVRI travel awards are available to support trainees and junior investigators presenting abstracts at regional and national scientific meetings.  These competitive awards are for reimbursement of presentation-related expenses of up to $2,000; more details can be found on the application for funding.

CVRI Annual Report

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CVRI Summer Research Fellowship Merit Award_Winner_Juan Conde