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Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Series

Join us for the GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series: Connecting Academic Research & Inquiry Across Disciplines. This virtual lecture series explores a new cross-disciplinary topic each year. The goal is to promote networking and collaboration in translational health among researchers, health care providers, and policy makers from different disciplines to shift the paradigm—from seeking a cure to developing a strategy of prevention.

2022-23 — PREVENTATIVE CARDIOLOGY

The leading cause of mortality in the United States is cardiovascular disease—heart disease and stroke—in both men and women. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, obesity and overweight, smoking/vaping, sedentary lifestyle, stress, and poor sleep. Many of these risk factors are entirely preventable through a healthy lifestyle such as a diverse, plant-centered diet (nutrition) and moving throughout the day (physical activity). However, any one factor, e.g. nutrition or physical activity, alone is not sufficient to prevent cardiovascular disease, which is complex and multifactorial. Therefore, multimodal, cross-disciplinary interventions are necessary to prevent cardiovascular disease. This is where the preventative cardiology approach, the goal of which is to decrease risk factors and reduce signs and symptoms in those with active disease, comes into play.

Preventative cardiology is a relative newcomer to medicine with the American Society for Preventive Cardiology founded in 1985 but not reaching its true interdisciplinary potential until recently. The 2022-23 GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series (CDSS) will cover the science of preventative cardiology to further its cross-disciplinary evolution including talks from the perspective of basic science, translational science, clinical care, and public health/policy.

The series runs from September 2022 to May 2023. These virtual events are open to all and covers the following topics:

  • Translating Lipidology into Preventative Care
  • Translating Nutrition Science into Practice
  • Plastics and Cardiac Health
  • Lipoprotein(a) and Cardiovascular Risk
  • Physical Activity, Exercise, and Movement in Preventative Cardiology

Seminars

Translating Lipidology into Preventative Care
Friday, September 23, 2022 - (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: William Borden, MD, FACC, FAHA, interim chair of the Department of Medicine, professor of Medicine and Health Policy, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and chief quality and population health officer, GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Location: Zoom

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Translating Nutrition Science into Practice
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Kristina Petersen, PhD, APD, FAHA, assistant professor, Nutritional Sciences, Obesity Research Institute, Texas Tech University.

Location: Zoom

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Plastics and Cardiac Health
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Nikki Posnack, PhD, associate professor of Pediatrics and associate professor of Pharmacology and Physiology (secondary), GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and principal investigators, Posnack Laboratory, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National Heart Institute.

Location: Zoom

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Lipoprotein(a) and Cardiovascular Risk
Thursday, January 19, 2023 - (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Michelle L. O’Donoghue, MD, MPH, associate professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Location: Zoom

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Physical Activity, Exercise, and Movement in Preventative Cardiology
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Kyle Levers, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, and director, Metabolism and Exercise Testing Research Services and Academic Laboratories.

Location: Zoom

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Environmental Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, FAHA, professor and distinguished university scholar, Institute of Molecular Cardiology, professor of medicine, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Location: Zoom

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April 2023 - (TBD)

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Location: Zoom

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May 2023 - (TBD)

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The series was organized by the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (SMHS) Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, and Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. The seminar series is supported by departmental funding and the generosity of Ellen J. LaBelle, MD `74, RESD '78, associate clinical professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and John Pan, MD '70, RESD '74, clinical professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership and founding medical director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health.

For more information, contact organizer Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS, CERT ’20, assistant professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, Director, Integrative Medicine Programs, and Executive Director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, at leighframe@gwu.edu or 202-994-0184.