BCVS 2020: Program Highlights

Council Chair Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD and Program Co-chairs Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA, Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD, and Loren Wold, PhD preview the science and other events taking place during the first-ever virtual meeting for Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS).

Selected science from Monday, July 27

COVID-19 and the Heart

Mina Chung, MD interviews Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD about his invited lecture on "COVID and the Heart," which he presented Monday during BCVS 2020. Read Dr. Marban's April article in Circulation Research entitled "COVID-19 and the Heart."

COVID-19 and Venous Thromboembolism

Mina Chung, MD interviews Sanjum Sethi, MD, MPH about his BCVS 2020 invited lecture on "COVID-19 and Thromboembolism," which presents some of the lessons he learned from treating COVID-19 patients during the pandemic surge in New York.

Magnitude and Impact of Underutilization of Flu Vaccine in High-Risk US Cohorts on Cardiovascular Events

Roshni A. Mandania | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX

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News release: Flu vaccine could protect against serious heart and stroke complications
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Visit the BCVS Heart Hub. The heart of your virtual event experience.

Selected science from Tuesday, July 28

BCVS 2020 Keynote Lecturer Heinrich Taegtmeyer | Cardiac Metabolism in Transition

Ivor Benjamin, MD, immediate past president of the American Heart Association, interviews Heinrich Taegtmeyer, MD, DPhil about his career as a physician scientist and his keynote lecture: "All Is in Flux: Cardiac Metabolism in Transition," which he presented Tuesday during BCVS 2020.

BCKAs and Insulin Sensitivity | Qutuba Karwi

Jean Bopassa, PhD interviews Qutuba Karwi, MSc, PhD about the poster he presented for BCVS 2020, "Branched-chain Keto Acids, Not Branched-chain Amino Acids, Impairs Cardiac Insulin Sensitivity by Disrupting Insulin Signaling in the Mitochondria." See his ePoster here.

Alcohol Abuse Increases The Risk Of In-hospital Mortality In Arrhythmia: A Nationwide Analysis Of 114,958 Inpatients

Rikinkumar S. Patel, MD, MPH | Griffin Memorial Hospital, Norman, OK

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News Release: Alcohol abuse may raise risk of death in patients with abnormal heart rhythms
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Selected science from Wednesday, July 29

The Role of Long Noncoding RNA Lnc-SYNPO in the Failing Heart | Min Yi You

Young-sup Yoon, MD, PhD interviews Min Yi You about the top-scoring poster he presented for BCVS 2020, "Epigenetic Silencing of SERCA2a by Long Noncoding RNA Lnc-SYNPO Contributes to Impaired Ca2+ Homeostasis and Contractility in the Failing Heart," in which he identifies a possible pathway for developing a novel heart failure therapeutic.

E-cigarette Aerosol Elevates Cardiovascular Oxidative Stress In Mice With Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 2 Deficiency

Xuan Yu | Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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News Release: Difference in a single gene may boost stress on heart from e-cigarettes in people of East Asian descent

Selected science from Thursday, July 30

BCVS 2020 Virtual Science Wrap Up

Council Chair Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD and Program Cochairs Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA, Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD, and Loren Wold, PhD discuss the virtual format and their favorite parts of this year's meeting.

Early Career Investigator Award Winner Emmanouil Tampakakis, MD

John Calvert, MD interviews Emmanouil Tampakakis, MD, the winner of this year's BCVS Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award for his paper, "Sympathetic Innervation Negatively Regulates Postnatal Cardiomyocyte Proliferation Through Circadian Genes."

A Reappraisal of Body Mass Index And Aerobic Fitness In Young Athletic Women

J. Sawalla Guseh | Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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News Release: Weight loss not always best strategy to enhance athletic fitness in young women