On Oct. 17, the Lexington Convention Center teemed with more than 200 students and scientists sharing their latest research on cardiovascular health for the 17th annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day.
Nigel Mackman, Ph.D., director of the McAllister Heart Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented "Hematosis, Thrombosis and Immunity," demonstrating the diverse roles of hemostasis and thrombosis in cardiovascular diseases, cancers and infections. Kathryn J. Moore, Ph.D., professor of medicine and cell biology at New York University's Langone Medical Center, presented "Mechanisms of Chronic Inflammation in Cardiometabolic Disease," describing the unexpected roles of molecules, traditionally called nerve growth factors, that promote inflammatory responses.
The day's highlight was the keynote speaker, Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss. A member of the Steering Committee for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, Dr. Kaplan-Liss combines her physician training with her background as a researcher and associate producer for Ted Koppel’s Nightline/ABC News to teach health care providers and scientists to speak more clearly and effectively with their patients, the public and the media.
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