Heart Health : Open Access

Editor In Chief: Vasiliki E. Kalodimou  PhD

Director
Department of IASO Maternity-Pediatric and Researc
Flow Cytometry-Research and Regenerative Medicine
Address:Greece
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Vasiliki E. Kalodimou is Director of the Flow Cytometry-Research and Regenerative Medicine Department at IASO Maternity-Pediatric and Research Hospital in Athens, Greece. Before her current appointment, Kalodimou served as a haematology associate at General University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, and as an instructor at both the General University Hospital of Heraklion and the Ipokratios Medical-Technical Institute of Athens.

Kalodimou received her bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology and her master’s degree in Human Molecular Genetics from the Imperial College at the University of Medicine in London, UK. She completed her PhD at the University of Medicine in Athens, Greece, with an emphasis on stem cells and factors affecting their viability and absolute numbers. Since 2006, Dr. Kalodimou has studied and working with stem cells from placenta, umbilical cord and adipose tissue, in every day practice and their applications in regenerative medicine and Flow Cytometry.

In collaboration with the Hellenic Flow Cytometry Society, Kalodimou has developed quality control schemes for stem cell marker enumeration. The goal of this work is to find helpful new applications for flow cytometry, evaluate the risk factors for stem cell infusion, and improve the clarity and accessibility of measurements by flow cytometry. Her work quantifies and ranks all risks of flow cytometry enumeration to prevent and minimize the false-positive results from different cytometer uses. She is also working to establish combinations of monoclonal antibodies for mesenchymal and adipose tissue stem cell enumeration.

In addition to collaboration with state universities and pharmaceutical companies on research projects, Kalodimou frequently publishes her findings. The Greek edition of this book was published in 2010 and has been well-received while the USA edition was published in 2014 by AABB-RESS USA. She is a member of two subsections of the AABB Cellular Therapies Section, an Associate Leader at AABB CT Subsection: CT Product Manufacturing and Testing, an AABB assessor and her biography has been included in the ‘Who is Who in the World’ (Marquis) – 2014 & 2015.

Editor In Chief: Wilbert S. Aronow MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FCCP

Professor of Medicine
Medicine
New York Medical College
Address:USA
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Wilbert S. Aronow MD is Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY, USA. Dr. Aronow received his MD from Harvard Medical School. He has edited 13 books and is author or co-author of 1,449 papers, 293 commentaries or Letters to the Editor, and 1014 abstracts and is presenter or co-presenter of 1,373 talks at meetings. Dr. Aronow is a Fellow of the ACC, the AHA, the ACP, the ACCP, the AGS (Founding Fellow of Western Section), and the GSA. He has been a member of 109 editorial boards of medical journals, co-editor of 2 journals, deputy editor of 1 journal, executive editor of 3 journals, associate editor for 9 journals, and guest editor for 7 other medical journals. He has received each year from 2001-2015 an outstanding teacher and researcher award from the medical residents and from 2001-2015 from the cardiology fellows at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. He has received awards from the Society of Geriatric Cardiology, the Gerontological Society of America, New York Medical College including the 2014 Chancellor’s Research Award, the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for the Faculty of Cardiovascular Disorders in 2011, 2013, and 2014, the Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to clinical research from the International Academy of Cardiology in July, 2010, and a Distinguished Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Cardiology in July, 2012. He has been a member of 4 national guidelines committees including being a coauthor of the 2010 AMDA guidelines for heart failure , co-chair and first author of the 2011 ACC/AHA expert consensus document on hypertension in the elderly, a coauthor of the 2015 AHA/ACC/ASH scientific statement on treatment of hypertension in patients with coronary artery disease, and is currently a member of the writing group of the ACC/AHA guideline for the management of patients with hypertension. He was a coauthor of a 2015 position paper from the International Lipid Expert Forum. He was a consultant to the American College of Physicians Information and Educational Resource (PIER) on the module of aortic stenosis. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the ASPC and a member of the ACCP Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery Network Steering Committee

Elio Venturini PhD

Senior Cardiologist
CCU Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation Section
Company U.S.L. 6 Livorno Ospedale di Cecina
Address:Italy
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M.D. degree in 1987 “cum laude” at the University of Pisa, Italy. Resident in General Pathology at the University of Pisa since 1982 to 1984. Resident in Cardiology at the Pisa University.During the army medical assistant at the Hospital of Marina Militare La Spezia since 1988 to 1989. Department of Cardiology since 1984 to 1990 obtaining the Certificate of Specialist in Cardiology. In the years 1995-96 Diploma in Ultrasound-Diagnosis in Angiology at the University of Pisa.
Sonographer Certification Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School
Since 1999 up to now Senior Cardiologist at the Hospital “Bassa val di Cecina” Cecina, Department of Cardiology-CCU and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
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Member of the ANMCO (Associazione Nazionale Medici Cardiologi Ospedalieri) , GICR (Gruppo Italiano Cardiologia Riabilitativa) now IACPR , HFATW (Heart Friends Around the World) and EACPR (European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation). FESC (fellow European Society of Cardiology since 2011
Teaching in the sanitary education schools
From 1991-up to know in several matters: cardiology, anatomy and physiology and cardiac rehabilitation
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Has been leading researcher or co-researcher in different multicentral studies.
Author of 24 papers published in peer-reviewed journals; more than 65 communications in Italian and International Cardiology Congresses. 5 guest lectures in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Franciszek Burdan  PhD

senior researcher
Human Anatomy Department
Medical University of Lublin
Address:POLAND
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Prof. Franciszek Burdan received PhD (1999) and habilitation degree (2004) from Medical University of Lublin, and professor degree from President of Poland in 2008. He is a radiologist and European Registered Toxicologist. Presently works as a professor of medicine at the Human Anatomy Department of Medical University of Lublin, senior assistant at the Radiology Department of St. John’s Cancer Center, and lecturer professor at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Author or coauthor of over 180 original and review peer-reviewed publications, case reports and scientific letters, as well as three anatomical books. Most of his output focuses on morphology as well as developmental and organ toxicity, especially cyclooxygenase inhibitors. He incorporated various radiological techniques into experimental teratology. He has been starting long-term scientific projects on epidemiology and medical imagining of neoplasms. Member of Editorial Boards of British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, Folia Morphologica, International Journal of Orthopaedics, International Journal of Medical Imaging, Journal of Advances in Medical and Pharmaceutical Science, The Open Access Journal of Science and Technology, Global Journal of Anthropology Research, Aperito Journal of Endocrine System and Enzymology, The Open Bioinformatics Journal. He was a mentor in ten completed PhD dissertations. His scientific achievement was honored by Polish Minster of Health, International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, Teratology Society, European Teratology Society, International Federation of Anatomical Societies, Polish Scientific Foundation, OIC Poland Foundation and Polish Toxicological Society.

Harinder K.Bali PhD

Founder & Director
Interventional Cardiology
The HEART Foundation
Address:India
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My academic credentials are MBBS from Jammu University in 1981, MD (Medicine) in 1985 and DM (Cardiology) in 1988 – both degrees from PGIMER Chandigarh. I was awarded the Kataria Memorial Gold Medal for being the Best Post Graduate of the year 1985 at PGIMER and the D P Basu Award for the Young Investigator of the year by the Cardiological Society of India in 1990. I joined the Dept. of Cardiology at PGIMER as Faculty in Jan 1989.

I was the head of the Cardiology Unit and Director Cardiac catheterization laboratories and have been the Chief Guide for around 100 DM Cardiology students. I have also been Guide for DM Nephrology, DM Gastroenterology students, MD (Medicine) and PhD students. I was the examiner for DM cardiology from 1997-2007. I was Additional Professor when I left PGIMER Chandigarh in March 2007 to join Fortis Hospital Mohali as Director Cardiology.

I have more than 100 papers to my credit in International and National journals including NEJM, JACC, Circulation, American Heart Journal and Indian Heart Journal. My team’s work including best challenging cases and case series are presented routinely at major International and National conferences. I have served as International guest faculty at EuroPCR, TCTAP, GET, TCT and other major conferences from 1997 till date.

Kamil Hakan Dogan PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Forensic Medicine
Selcuk University
Address:Turkey
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Kamil Hakan DOGAN is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Selcuk University of Turkey. He received his MD degree at Gazi University in 2000 and specialist training of forensic medicine at Selcuk University in 2005. After his extensive researches in forensic medicine field, he received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Selcuk University Institute of Health Sciences in 2012. He teaches forensic medicine to medical students as well as students of dentistry and law faculties. He also gives lectures about Medical Ethics to medical students. He has published over 170 abstracts in scientific meetings, articles in refereed journals and chapters in textbooks. His publications were cited more than 200 times. He is also a member of The Society of Forensic Medicine Specialits.

Lee Kian Guan PhD

senior Nephrology trainee
Department of Renal Medicine
Singapore General Hospital
Address:Singapore
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“Dr KG Lee received his medical degree from International Medical University, Malaysia. After completing his internship, he continued his postgraduate study in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, in which he attained MRCP, United Kingdom in 2010 and Specialty Certificate in Nephrology, UK in 2012. He also completed USMLE and obtained ECFMG certificate in the same year. He is now a senior Nephrology trainee in Department of Renal Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.

Marko Banovic PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Cardiology
University of Belgrade
Address:Serbia
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Dr Marko Banovic received his Doctor of Medicine degree (MD), cum laude, at the Belgrade School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2004. In 2008 at the Belgrade Medical School he received his Master of Science degree in cardiology and in 2012 he received his PhD diploma in Cardiology (topic aortic stenosis). Since 2014 he is an Assistant Professor of Internal medicine/Cardiology, Belgrade Medical School.
Dr Banovic is a Fellow of European Society of Cardiology and a member of ESC valvular diseases working group and a member of Heart Failure Association, European Society of Cardiology. He is also a secretary of Imaging Working Group, Cardiac Society of Serbia.
During his education Dr Banovic was trained at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
So far, Dr Banovic has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 70 abstracts in prestigious international scientific journals.
His main research interest includes valvular diseases (especially asymptomatic aortic stenosis), stem cell therapy of ischemic heart disease, echocardiography and interventional cardiology.

Pietro Sciacca PhD

Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Catania
Address:Italy
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Ph.D .Pietro Sciacca was born on June 12th,1961. Since 1985 he works in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Catania (Italy) as Pediatrician and Neonatologist with main interest in Pediatric Cardiology. He’s a professor of Clinic of heart Malformations in Neonatologic Cardiology postgraduate Course, of BAN of the University of Catania and of the Pediatric Cardiology Master of University of Messina.

Qingping Feng PhD

Professor
Department of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Medicine
University of Western Ontario
Address:Canada
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Dr. Qingping Feng obtained his MD from Southeast University Medical School, Nanjing, China (1978-1983), PhD in pharmacology from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (1989-1993), and postdoctoral training at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (1993-1995). He is currently a Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Medicine at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Western Ontario, and a senior scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Feng received a Career Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Canada (2005-2015) and Dean’s Award of Excellence from the Faculty of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario in 2009. He is currently Vice President of the Canadian Nitric Oxide Society. His research is focused on embryonic heart development and adult diseases that affect the heart including myocardial infarction, diabetes and sepsis. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed original papers. His work has increased our understanding on the role of nitric oxide in heart failure and embryonic heart development, and provided insights for novel therapeutic strategies in the treatment of myocardial infarction and sepsis.

Richard David Walton PhD

Researcher

University of Bordeaux
Address:France
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Dr Walton, Richard received his PhD at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2008. He continued research in the field of cardiac electrophysiology with Dr Olivier Bernus with the goal of developing novel optical methods to resolve cardiac electrical activity in 3-dimensions using voltage-sensitive fluorescent dyes. Currently, Dr Walton is continuing research at the LIRYC institute at the University of Bordeaux, France after receiving Postdoctoral research fellowships from the Fondation le Foulon Delalande and a Marie Curie Actions- IntraEuropean Fellowship under the supervision of Micheal Haissaguerre.

Sahar S. Abdelmoneim PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
cardiovascular diseases Mayo Clinic
Address:Egypt
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Sahar S. Abdelmoneim MBBCh, MSc, MS, FESE: is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a Research ssociate in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases Division, Cardiac Ultrasound and Hemodynamic Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She is also an Assistant Lecturer of Cardiology at Assiut University in Egypt. She has completed nine years of dedicated postdoctoral echocardiography research focused on the utilization of ultrasound contrast agents for cardiac imaging, including myocardial perfusion, and additionally she is a physician in the Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Core Lab. She holds a master degree in cardiology (received from Assiut University -Egypt) and a master degree in clinical research (received from Mayo Clinic-USA ). She is actively involved in research and clinical education of cardiology fellows to perform and interpret myocardial perfusion echocardiography.

Shervin Ziabakhsh Tabary PhD

Associate Professor
Shafa Hospital
Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences
Address:Iran
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General physician graduated from tehran university of medical sciences, tehran, iran 1991
-general surgery graduated from tehran university of medical sciences, tehran, iran 1995
-Assistant prof of general surgery , Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences .Sari.Iran 1995-2000
-Resident of Cardiac Surgery,tehran university of medical sciences, tehran, iran,2000-2003
-Chancellor of cardiac surgery department in Mazandaran,Sari,
2003

Nasir Z. Sulemanjee PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Cardiology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
Address:USA
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Dr. Nasir Sulemanjee completed medical school from the Aga Khan University Medical College in 1999 before moving to the US for advanced training. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Later transitioned to Cardiology fellowship where he also completed an additional year of training in advanced heart failure & transplant medicine. Dr. Sulemanjee graduated from training with high accolades, achieving the prestigious “Beasley Award for Excellence (2007-2008)” presented by the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and “Cardiology Fellow of the Year Award 2008-2009” presented by the UTMB Cardiology fellowship program. He also served as chief fellow during his final year of training. He received the Henry I. Russek Travel Award from the American College of Cardiology 2006-2007 for excellence in research and was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) in 2012.
Dr. Sulemanjee joined with Aurora Health Care as an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist in 2009. He has been involved in the comprehensive care of patients with heart failure and those undergoing mechanical circulatory support devices and heart transplants. Dr. Sulemanjee leads the heart failure readmissions and quality committee in the Aurora hospital system and also serves on the several quality improvement and research committees. He also founded and serves as the director of the “Greater Milwaukee Heart Failure Society,” a regional organization which focuses on promoting awareness of heart failure, current issues with management and innovation via a series of educational events in our local communities and hospitals. He is the course director for the Milwaukee Heart Failure Symposium, and serves as the program director for the ACGME accredited advanced heart failure fellowship program at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. In acknowledgment, he was awarded the “Aurora Star — recognition of excellence in patient care” at the Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center in 2011.

Canpolat PhD

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Cardiology
Hacettepe University
Address:Turkey
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Dr. Canpolat was graduated from the Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Ankara, Turkey and works as a staff cardiologist at Cardiology Clinic of Türkiye Yüksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey. Scientific interests include cardiac arrhythmias and cardiovascular imaging in rhythmology. He is the author of numerous scientific articles within the field of arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation.

Ali Ümit Yener PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Address:Turkey
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He was born in 1980 in Ankara.He graduated Antalya Akdeniz University Medical Faculty.He completed specialty in Ankara Yuksek Ihtisas Research and Education Hospital which is the biggest heart center in Turkey.He performed so much experience and operation in his assistant time and he was a member of Heart and Lung transplantation team.He has so much published articles in Pubmed and he study the relationship between mechanical ventilation and coronary bypass surgery and its post operative period.

Izabella Uchmanowicz PhD

Assistant professor
Division of Clinical Nursing
Wroclaw Medical University
Address:Poland
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Izabella Uchmanowicz, RN, Ph.D, is an assistant profesor at the Division of Clinical Nursing, Public Health Department at Wroclaw Medical University, Poland. She is e reasercher involved in many trials on education to cardiac patients, especially with heart failure.

Izabella Uchmanowicz has over 105 publications in peer – review journals,she is a co author of several textbooks and manuals for nurses. Her research focuses on the consequences of heart failure for patients and their families, both in hospital or home care. Her main interest is frailty in cardiovscular diseases in elderly patients. Keywords of her research are disease management, frailty, quality of life, patient education and self-care, including adherence and compliance. Professional activities are related to the improvement of treatment and care of cardiac patients and include membership of national and international committees on guidelines, she is a reviewer of medical and nursing peer-reviewed journals. Further, she is a member of of the Heart Failure Association of ESC (European Society of Cardiology), member of Patient Care Committe of HFA and a member of Education Committee of CCNAP (Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Proffesions) involved in the development of a european curriculum for cardiac nurses and in the development of Heart Failure Nurse Curriculum. She is currently the President of the Polish Cardiovascular Nurses and Technicians Society at Polish Cardiac Society.

Xuejun Huang Parsons PhD

Associate Professor
Regenerative Medicine
San Diego Regenerative Medicine Institute
Address:USA
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Dr. Parsons, Xuejun Huang has received her PhD in Cornell University during the period of 1998. Currently, she is working as Co-founder, Scientific Director, Associate Professor in San Diego Regenerative Medicine Institute. She has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities as Stem Cell Research Scientist/Assist Prof. Center for Molecular Genetics, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, Adjunct Faculty, Leader and Acting Director, San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, San Diego Stem Cell Consortium, San Diego, CA. She has authored 19 research articles/books. She has honoured as the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (NICHD/NIH).

Il-Man Kim PhD

Assistant Professor

Georgia Regents University
Address:USA
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I am an assistant professor at Georgia Regents University. I was under the mentorship of the late Dr. Robert Costa and Dr. Vladimir Kalinichenko at the University of Illinois pursuing a doctoral degree. I was working on transcriptional regulation of gene-expression in development and cancerusing genetically engineered mouse models. My postdoctoral training was under the guidance of Dr. Howard Rockman at Duke University. I was involved in multi-disciplinary research projects related to cardiac disease. Particularly I attended the weekly data club meetings with Dr. Robert Lefkowitz (Nobel Laureate), a leader in the field of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-mediated signaling pathways. MyAmerican Heart Association (AHA) oral presentation was selected as a finalist for the Katz Basic Research Prize. Furthermore, I have been awarded AHA postdoctoral fellowship and Grant-in-Aid. Lastly, I have served on the grant review committee of AHA and NIH as well as Medical Research Council in UK. I have also served on the editorial board member of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and as an academic editor of Cardiology and Angiology.

Ankit Rathod PhD

Department of Cardiovascular Disease
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Address:USA
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Breijo-Marquez PhD

Department of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology
Murcia University
Address:Spain
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Abhishek Jaiswal PhD

Division of Cardiology
New York Hospital Queens/Weill
Medical College of Cornell University
Address:USA
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George Youssef PhD

Senior Research Associate
Cardiac Imaging Department
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbo
Address:USA
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Dr. George Youssef has received his MSc. and MD degrees from Cairo University, Egypt where he holds the position of a staff cardiologist. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac imaging (nuclear cardiology; SPECT and PET/CT) at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute – Canada, with special experience in the use of PET in molecular imaging of atherosclerotic plaques and diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis. Later, He completed his fellowship in Cardiac Computed Tomography with Dr. Matthew Budoff at Harbor UCLA where he currently holds the position of a Senior Research Associate at LABiomed. He is American board certified in nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT and actively contributing to research and clinical education of cardiology fellows, radiology residents and clinicians to perform and interpret cardiac CT.

Alessandro Cannavo PhD

Department of Cardiology
Temple University
Address:USA
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Dr. Alessandro Cannavo received his PhD in Clinical Physiopathology and Experimental Medicine at �Federico II� University of Naples (Italy)defending his thesis on the cardioprotective role of the nuclear protein Prothymosin alpha and discovering and elucidating the mechanism of its beneficial effects in the ischemic injured heart.He studied the role of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) like Sphingosine1-phosphate receptor 1 and �-adrenergic receptors, in heart failure.He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellowunder the supervision of Dr. Walter J. Koch at Temple University, Philadelphia (PA).

Sachin Kumar Amruthlal Jain  PhD

Chief Cardiology Fellow
Cardiology
Providence Hospital Heart Institute
Address:USA
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Saurav Chatterjee PhD

Department of Clinical Cardiology
Columbia University
Address:USA
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Mike Seckeler PhD

Department of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
University of Arizona
Address:USA
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Dr. Seckeler completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Arizona, and from there went on to fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Virginia. While there, he obtained a Master�s of Science in Clinical Research. After completing fellowship, Dr. Seckeler pursued an additional year of training in Interventional Cardiac Catheterization at Cincinnati Children�s Hospital Medical Center, and is currently on faculty at the University of Arizona.

Alessandro Lupi  PhD

Chief of the Hospital Cath Lab

Maggiore della Carit� University Hospital
Address:Italy
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Dr Alessandro Lupi graduated in Medicine & Surgery with full honours in 1992, winning the �Ludovico Necchi� prize as the Best Medicine Fellow of the Catholic University of Rome for 1991-1992 Academic Course and specialized in Cardiology with full honours in the same University. From 1999 to 2007 he directed the �Umberto Parini� General Hospital Cath Lab of Aosta and from 2007 he is the Chief of a large volume hospital Cath Lab in the �Maggiore della Carit�� University Hospital of Novara. In his academic career Dr Lupi published about 50 peer reviewed articles as well as medical textbook chapters and collaborates with the Editorial boards of many �peer reviewed� cardiology and vascular biology Journals. His current fields of interest are atherosclerosis, thrombosis, acute coronary syndromes, coronary circulation physiology, percutaneous coronary and cardiac interventions (PFO closure, TAVI, EVAR), echocardiography, IVUS and virtual histology-IVUS and other novel vascular ultrasound techniques, biomarkers (natriuretic peptides, troponins), biostatistics and computers in cardiology.

Hajime Kataoka PhD

Department of Cardiology
Nishida Hospital
Address:Oita, Japan
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Hajime Kataokaworks as a Cardiologist and as a Physician-Scientist at Nishida Hospital, Oita, Japan. He obtained his M.D. degree from the Kagoshima University in 1977 after which he completed specialty training in cardiology. He is mainly interested in the diagnosis and evaluation of the patients withvarious cardiovascular diseases, especially of clinical electrocardiographyand heart failure. Presently, he is investigating the body fluid status and cardio-renal interactionin patients with heart failure. He served as amember of Editorial Board of the Journals of �World Journal of Cardiology� and �Case Reports in Cardiology�.

Giuseppe Ando PhD

Department of Cardiology
Messina University
Address:Italy
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Dr. And� received his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.), cum laude, at the School of Medicine and his Board Certification degree, cum laude, at the Postgraduate School of Cardiology, both at the University of Messina, Italy. He also received his Ph.D. degree in Cardiovascular Imaging, at the University of Messina, Italy Dr. And� has first received specific education in clinical cardiology, clinical arrhythmology and clinical echocardiography (Years 2000-2003). Later on, he underwent specific training in invasive/interventional cardiology and in the management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery procedures (Years 2002-2004). Dr And� is an independent interventional cardiology and can also perform all kinds of echocardiographic diagnostic procedures. More recently, Dr. And� has implemented the use of Optical Coherence Tomography and Fractional Flow Reserve to guide interventional procedures. Currently Dr. And� is Assistant Professor and Researcher in Cardiovascular Disease at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and he is in charge of teaching at the Undergraduate School of Medicine, the Postgraduate School of Cardiology and the Ph.D. School of Cardiovascular Imaging, all at the University of Messina, Italy, from year 2008. In addition, he is Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Messina University Hospital, Italy, from year 2005. He was a visiting research fellow at the Cardiac Surgery Department of Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy, in years 2002-2004. He has received Awards in form of Grants and Prizes from the Italian Society of Cardiology in years 2002, 2004 and 2006. Dr. And� is serving or served as a peer-reviewer for the Italian Ministry of University and for several high Impact Factor Journals in Cardiovascular Medicine and he is Author of about 100 publications, as full-length articles or abstracts.

Isao Taguchi PhD

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