November 24, 2008 11:00 ET


Innovations in Imaging and Interventions

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2008) - Researchers from the Schulich Heart Program and Sunnybrook Research Institute are hosting the third annual Schulich Heart Program Research Day to celebrate advances in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular irregularities and disease in less invasive and more effective ways.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Harrison Hall, EG 21, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.

Scientists will deliver a series of talks on cutting-edge cardiac research, illustrating the progress medical science has achieved in advancing our understanding of the human heart, as well as how far we have to go. The following descriptions are some topics to be highlighted during the event:

* Sunnybrook researchers are the first worldwide to show a new form of MRI technique may prove to be a useful screening tool to prevent stroke and heart attack by detecting a specific type of dangerous plaque in the arteries of high-risk patients. Dr. Alan Moody, lead investigator of a new study and radiologist in chief in the Department of Medical Imaging at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, will discuss the potential this new MRI technique has to help flag issues before they escalate into major problems.

* Sunnybrook scientist, Dr. Chuck Cunningham, will discuss his research examining new ways to look at cellular function which will be critical to the development of therapies aimed at repairing damaged heart muscle. Dr. Cunningham was recently named Canada's 2008 Premier Young Researcher at the Canadian Health Research Awards and has been touted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as an emerging international leader in medical MRI research.

* Dr. Ching Lau, associate scientist and staff cardiologist at Sunnybrook, will present on new uses of ultrasound for planning resynchronization therapy - an innovative therapy that can relieve congestive heart failure symptoms by improving coordination of heart contractions.

* Dr. Bernard Goldman, world-renowned surgical educator and leader of cardiovascular surgery at the Schulich Heart Center for two decades, will give a broad perspective on the future of cardiac surgery.

The day's full agenda is attached.

For more information, contact: Laurie Legere, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, 416.480.4040

07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 - 08:05 Welcome - Barry McLellan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
08:05 - 08:15 Welcome - Michael Julius, PhD, Vice President, Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Brian Gilbert, MD. Chief, Schulich Heart Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Graham Wright, Research Director, Heart & Circulation Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Imaging for Vascular Therapeutics: Dr. Alan Moody - Moderator
08:15 - 08:35 Stephanie Chiu - Pathobiology and Animal Models of Vessel Wall Disease
08:35 - 08:55 Bradley Strauss - Pathobiology and Animal Models of CTO
08:55 - 09:15 Alan Moody - MR Vessel Wall Imaging
09:15 - 09:35 Brian Courtney - Characterizing the Vessel Wall with Ultrasound and OCT
09:35 - 09:55 Visal Pen - CTA of CTO
09:55 - 10:05 Discussion
10:05 - 10:20 Coffee Break
Myocardial Characterization to Guide Therapy Work: Dr. Charles Cunningham& Dr. Alexander Dick - Moderators
10:20 - 10:45 Ching Lau - Characterizing Cardiac Dyssynchrony with 3D Ultrasound
10:45 - 1l:10 Charles Cunningham - C13 for Characterizing Tissue Metabolism
11:10 - 11:35 Kim Connelly - Clinical utility of Multi-contrast Delayed Enhancement Imaging
11:35 - 12:00 Gideon Paul - MCDE for Assessment of Ventricular Arrhythmia Substrate
12:00 - 12:25 James White - MRI to Characterize Arrhythmic Substrate in Cardiovascular Disease
12:25 - 12:35 Discussion
12:35 - 13:30 Lunch
Advances in Cardiovascular Surgery and Minimally Invasive Interventions: Dr. Stephen Fremes - Moderator
13:30 - 13:55 Ron Waksman - Update on Percutaneous Valve Therapies
13:55 - 14:20 Gideon Cohen - Invention and Innovation - A New Era for Cardiac Surgeons
14:20 - 14:45 Stephen Fremes - Less Invasive Coronary Surgery
14:45 - 15:10 Bernard Goldman - Progress in Heart Surgery: A Long View
15:10 - 15:20 Discussion
15:25 - 15:30 Closing Remarks - Graham Wright, Research Director, Heart and Circulation Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Contact Information

  • Laurie Legere, Communications Advisor, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
    Primary Phone: 416-480-4040