The Tumor Microenvironment Center (TMC) is a collaboration between UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). The TMC brings together preclinical and clinical scientists with the goal of translating basic knowledge of the mechanisms of interaction between cancer cells and their microenvironment, to enhance and accelerate direct patient-oriented interventions. Included in the microenvironment are the immune, inflammatory, and patient-specific factors that regulate cancer development, progression, and response to anti-cancer treatments.
Watch co-directors Robert Ferris, MD, PhD, FACS, and Dario Vignali, PhD, discuss the TMC.
The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute will be well-represented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego. Faculty research will be featured in both oral and poster presentations throughout the conference, including:
Epidemiology & Pathogenic Pathways in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Estimating the Prevalence of Pulmonary Hypertension Due to Left Heart Disease in Patients Undergoing a Right Heart Catheterization Presented by: Rebecca Vanderpool, Mark Gladwin, Marc Simon
Contemporary Challenges in Cardiac Implantable Device Management Extracting versus Abandoning Sterile Non-Functional or Recalled Leads Presented by: Shasank Rijal, Rashmee Shah, Samir Saba
Critical Care Cardiology Intensive Part Three – Management of Cardiac Arrest: It Takes a Village Presented by: Bojan Cercek, Dan J. Fintel, Kathleen Ryan Avery, Erin Ann Bohula May, Carmelo Graffagnino, James G. Jollis, Chere McCain, Robert Neumar, Sean Van Diepen, Mark Schmidhofer, Jeffrey B. Washam
Imaging the High-Risk Diabetic Patient: Joint Multimodality Imaging Symposium of the ASE/ASNC/SCCT/SCMR and the American College of Cardiology I Metabolism, Silent Ischemia, & Risk Detection with Nuclear Techniques Presented by: Prem Soman
Highlighted Original Research: Future of Cardiovascular Medicine, Science and Education CardioTalk: The Future of Communication Training in Cardiovascular Medicine Presented by: Katie Berlacher, Winnie Teuteberg, Eva Reitschuler-Cross, Robert Arnold
Sunday, March 15, 2015
What Constitutes Anti Arrhythmic Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation?
Relaxin Suppresses Atrial Fibrillation in 24 Month Old Rats by Reversing Atrial Fibrosis and Upregulating Sodium Channels Presented by: Brian Henry, Ashish Parikh, Divyang Patel, Jamie Haney, Charles McTiernan, David Schwartzman, Sanjeev Shroff, Guy Salama
What Constitutes Anti Arrhythmic Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation? Adherence to Published Guidelines in Prescribing Anti-Arrhythmic Medications and its Impact on Clinical Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation Presented by: Dingxin Quin, George Leef, Mian Bilal Alam, Rohit Rattan, Muhammad Bilal Munir, Divyang Patel, Furqan Habib Khattak, Nishit Vaghasia, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba
What Constitutes Anti Arrhythmic Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation? Physician Adherence to Published Guidelines in Prescribing Anti-Arrhythmic Medications in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation Presented by: George Leef, Dingxin Quin, Mian Bilal Alam, Rohit Rattan, Muhammad Bilal Munir, Vivyang Patel, Furqan Habib Khattak, Nishit Vaghasia, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba
Non-Invasive Imaging: Strain Imaging by Echocardiography Impairment in Left Ventricular Strain in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension and Preserved Ejection Fraction Evaluated by Three Dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography Presented by: Akiko Goda, Keiko Ryo, Antonia Delgado-Montero, Bhupendar Tayal, Marc Simon, Michael Mathier, John Gorcsan
Selected Applications for Echocardiography for Assessment of Left Ventricular & Right Ventricular Function Regional Contraction Heterogeneity Is Associated with Persistent Myocardial Dysfunction and Unfavorable Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Presented by: Bhupendar Tayal, Dennis McNamara, Joan Briller, Julie Damp, James Fett, Eileen Hsich, Kalgi Modi, Navin Rajagopalan, John Gorcsan
Novel Findings in the World of Electrophysiology Increased Non-Alternans Repolarization Variability of Intracardiac Electrogram Precedes Onset of Spontaneous Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with Implantable Defibrillator Presented by: Yuliya Krokhaleva, Divyang Patel, Hemal Shah, Vladimir Shusterman, Samir Saba, Jan Nemec
Imaging Biomarkers in Heart Failure Right Ventricular Size and Function at Presentation in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Are Associated with Subsequent Left Ventricular Recovery Presented by: Lori Blauwet, Dennis McNamara, Antonia Delgado-Montero, Keiko Ryo, Josef J. Marek, Rami Alharethi, Paul J. Mather, Kalgi Modi, Richard Sheppard, Vinay Thohan, Jessica Pisarcik, John Gorcsan
Cardiac SPECT Imaging SPECT Imaging Provides Long-term Prognostic Value over Exercise Electrocardiography Alone in Patients with a Normal Baseline Electrocardiogram Presented by: Saurab Malhotra, Ravi K. Sharma, Deepak Kumar Pasupala, Mukul Khanna, Prem Soman
Cardiac SPECT Imaging Yield of SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in Chest Pain Patients with Negative ECG and Biomarkers Presented by: Gavin Hickey, Daniel Nguyen, Deepak Pasupula, Mukul Khanna, Sanaz Abedzadeh Anaraki, Zachary Rhinehart, Omar Batal, Jeremy Markowitz, Omar Batal, Saurab Malhotra, Prem Soman
Cardiac SPECT ImagingConcordance Between Speckle Tracking Echocardiography and Phase Analysis of Myocardial Spect for LV Segment of Latest Mechanical ActivationPresented by: Hussein Abu Daya, Samir Saba, Serge Van Kriekinge, Didier Chalhoub, Guido Germano, Daniel Berman, John Gorcsan, Prem Soman
Vascular Access: Approaches and Complications Radial Access: Tips, Tricks, Managing Complications Presented by: John Schindler
Training Directors Symposium II How to “Develop” Your Faculty Presented by: Julie Damp, Jeffrey T. Kuvin, Chittur A. Sivaram, Katie Berlacher, Victor Soukoulis
Basic Practices, Applications and Novel Techniques in Nuclear Cardiology Getting up the Nerve to Image Cardiac Sympathetic Innervation with I-123 MIBG: Practical Considerations Presented by: Prem Soman
Monday, March 16, 2015
Future of Medical Education: Future of Cardiovascular Medicine IX Innovations in Medical Education: Simulation, Team-based Training (demonstration) Presented by: Katie Berlacher
Nuclear Cardiology: Applications in Clinical Practice Cardiomyopathies and Heart Failure Presented by: Prem Soman
Outcomes and Cardiac Device Therapy Impaired Baseline Global Circumferential Strain Is a Marker for Ventricular Arrhythmias After Resynchronization Therapy in Patients with Ischemic Cardiomyopathy Presented by: Antonia Delgado-Montero, Bhupendar Tayal, Akiko Goda, Stephanie Holt, David Schwartzman, Samir Saba, John Gorcsan
Outcomes and Cardiac Device Therapy Incidence of Ventricular Arrhythmias after Cardiac Resynchronization Defibrillator Therapy in Patients with Right Ventricular Pacing versus Intrinsic QRS Widening Presented by: Bhupendar Tayal, Antonia Delgado-Montero, Akiko Goda, Stephanie Holt, Samir Saba, David Schwartzman, Peter Søgaard, John Gorcsan
Outcomes and Cardiac Device Therapy Left Ventricular Regional Time Correlation by Echocardiographic Strain Analysis Is Predictive of Survival Free from Arrhythmias in Non-Left Bundle Branch Patients After Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Presented by: Stephanie Holt, Bhupendar Tayal, Antonia Delgado-Montero, Sanjeev Shroff, David Schwartzman, Samir Saba, John Gorcsan
Long Term Care of LVAD Patients What to Do with the LVAD Patient Requiring Renal Replacement Therapy Presented by: Jeffrey Teuteberg
Non Invasive Imaging (Echocardiography, Nuclear, PET, MR and CT) Myocardial Tissue Characterization by CMR Presented by: Subha V. Raman, Erik B. Schelbert, Igor Klem, Matthias Friedrick, John Wood, Victor A. Ferrari
A multileaf collimator for the CyberKnife ® M6 System is now available for clinical use, and we are pleased to announce that Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center at UPMC Shadyside has treated the first patient in the world using this new CyberKnife technology. The multileaf collimator allows for even more precise delivery of radiation by shaping radiation to the form of the tumor.
Watch Johnathan A. Engh, MD, and Steven Burton, MD, talk about the benefits of the multileaf collimator.
Juan Celedón, MD, recently gave the Annual Nathan Francis Mossell Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. The lecture is presented in recognition of the school’s first African American student, Nathan Mossell. Dr. Celedón’s presentation was titled “A Journey to Solve the Puzzle of Asthma Disparities.”
A study led by Juan Celedon, MD; Yueh-Ying Han, PhD; and Erick Forno, MD, was recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. This study aimed to examine adiposity, asthma, and fractional exhaled nitric oxide in children in the United States.
Presented By University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Dates May 17—19, 2017 Venue Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER), Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Charles G. Watson Surgical Education Center Pittsburgh, Pa Int
Presented By: UPMC CancerCenter Partner with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Details: Saturday, June 24, 2017 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Herberman Conference Center at UPMC Cancer Pavilion, UPMC Shadyside 5150 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15236 Purpose: To provide a comprehensive overview of topics of greatest importance as presented at the 2017 ASCO Confere
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