Science Symposium Highlights Excitement of Cardiovascular Research

April 29, 2008
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UCSF is hosting a special science symposium that will highlight 50 years of cardiovascular research and the direction it will take in the future. Titled, "Cardiovascular Research: Celebrating the Past and Charting the Future," the symposium will include scientists from the forefront of research in genetic risk profiling, organ and vascular development, and cardiovascular implications of neonatal care.

The symposium celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). It will be followed by groundbreaking ceremonies on the UCSF Mission Bay Campus for a new CVRI building that will feature space for both cutting-edge research and clinical care. Media are invited to attend all events.

Wednesday, May 7 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Shaun R. Coughlin, director of the UCSF CVRI, will moderate the program. Topics and speakers are: "Genes for Cardiovascular Risk: From Rare Outliers to the General Population" Dr. Richard P. Lifton, chair, Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine.

"Genes for Cardiovascular Risk: From Rare Outliers to the General Population" Dr. Richard P. Lifton, chair, Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine.

"Going to the Extremes to Identify Genetic Variations Conferring Cardiovascular Risk" Dr. Helen H. Hobbs, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

"A Transcriptional Code for Vascular Development" Brian L. Black, CVRI associate director and professor in biochemistry and biophysics, UCSF.

"The Molecular Basis of Cell Polarity and Motility" Orion D. Weiner, assistant professor, biochemistry and biophysics, UCSF.

"CVRI: the Early Years and Beyond" Dr. Richard J. Havel, professor emeritus of medicine and former director of CVRI, UCSF.

"Babies, Bubbles and Biology: 30 Years of Translational Research" Dr. John A. Clements, Julius H. Comroe, Jr. Professor of Pulmonary Biology, UCSF. "Gene Networks that Control Heart Development and Disease" Eric N. Olson, Annie and Willie Nelson Professor in Stem Cell Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

"PPARs: Running around Obesity" Ronald M. Evans, PhD, professor, The Salk Institute and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. WHERE: The William J. Rutter Center, UCSF Mission Bay campus 1675 Owens St., San Francisco

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