8th Annual Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) Symposium

April 7, 2021 to April 8, 2021

Virtual Conference

April 7, 2021 - April 8, 2021

Needs Statement

As medical research and technology change rapidly, it is increasingly important for physicians and healthcare professionals to stay informed of new evidence. Newly learned pathways can be used as potential mechanisms and alternative strategies in new research applications. In addition, topics on how to apply new diagnostic and imaging techniques can create opportunities for collaboration with the developers of these techniques in new research protocols. This symposium is designed as a platform to share and discuss state-of-the-art ongoing, innovative, and new cardiovascular research with the ultimate goal of translating research into clinical practice.

Target Audience

Physicians, PhD faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, graduate school trainees, and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Identify & understand the mechanisms underlying sex differences in stroke patients
  • Discuss the current state of knowledge regarding cardiogenic shock, the effects of weightlessness on the cardiovascular system, and the role of the intestinal microbiome in pediatric heart transplantation
  • Utilize genomics/genetic profiling to explain the pathogenesis and treatment of cardiomyopathies
  • Outline how a "precision medicine" approach can be used to optimize efficiency and therapeutic benefit for particular groups of patients

Educational Methods

Lectures ▪ Question and Answer Sessions

Activity Evaluation

Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/07/2021 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
04/08/2021 - 4:00pm

Wednesday,  April 7, 2021

12:05Opening RemarksMary Dickinson, Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil.
12:15Hippo Signaling in Heart RegenerationJames Martin, M.D., Ph.D. 
12:40Seek the Cures from Vascular Endothelial Cells for Broken Heart”Liang Xie, Ph.D., M.S.
1:00Molecular Mechanisms of Atrial Fibrillation – New Kid on the BlockNa Li, Ph.D.
1:15Q & A  
1:20Break out room- meet the faculty 
1:50Keynote - The Role of Aortic Cell Heterogeneity in Aneurysm and DissectionAlan Daugherty, Ph.D., D.Sc.
2:50Meet the Keynote speaker 
3:20Poster Review Session 
4:20Closing Remarks 

Thursday,  April  8, 2021

11:35Award Ceremony / Poster Hightlights- Presentation/ Abstract Speakers 
12:35Use of a Small Molecule Integrin Activator, 7HP349, as a Systemically Administered Vaccine Adjuvant in Controlling Chagas CardiomyopathyNisha Garg, Ph.D. & Peter Vanderslice, Ph.D.
1:00The Past, Present, and Future of the Total Artificial HeartBilly Cohn, M.D.
1:25Using RNAseq to Solve Undiagnosed Inherited CVDDavid Murdock, M.D.
1:45Panel Discussion - Covid-19 Relationship with Cardiovascular ResearchPeter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
2:05 Leslie Cooper, M.D.
2:25 Douglas Mann, M.D.
2:45 Kristen Sexson Tejtel, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
3:15Breakout Room - Meet the Faculty 
3:45Closing Remarks 

This activity is designed for healthcare professionals for educational purposes.  Information and opinions offered by the faculty/presenters represent their own viewpoints. Conclusions drawn by the participants should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information.

While Baylor College of Medicine makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

Faculty/presenters have submitted materials for this syllabus for printing in advance so that you may have an outline or summary of the main points of their presentation. Often this differs from the final version of their slides as faculty/ presenters make revisions up until the day of the meeting.

Additionally, some images (cartoons, drawings and some photographs) shown on the screen may not be present in your educational materials because of publishers’ requirements for reprinting of copyrighted images.


Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credit are subject to change.

Audio or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the Activity Directors and the Division of Continuing Professional Development, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.


Conference offered virtually via Zoom.
Connection information will be emailed to registrants the week of the conference. 

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.25 Attendance


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