How can human genetics identify novel targets for heart failure?

We were delighted to kick off Cardiology Grand Rounds last week with Dr. Christopher Newton-Cheh will gave the second annual Albert L. Williams Cardiovascular Genetics lecture. Dr. Newton-Cheh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member of the Cardiovascular Research Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Pilot clinical research projects from the DCRI and Division of Cardiology

Faculty and fellows recently presented updates on their pilot clinical research projects, which received joint funding from the DCRI Cardiovascular Faculty and Division of Cardiology this past year:

Deepak Voora: “RNA Biomarkers for Bleeding Complications after Cardiac Catheterization – A Pilot Study”

Schuyler Jones: ” Variations in Care for Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease”

Connie Hess: “The Relationship between Cancer and Cardiovascular Outcomes following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention”

Tariq Ahmad: “Can We Recover Failing Hearts at Duke?”


Barlow Syndrome: an opportunity for intervention

We were pleased to recently host Dr. A. Jamil Tajik as the Inaugural Joseph Kisslo, MD, Visiting Professorship in Cardiovascular Imaging at Duke University. Dr. Tajik was gracious in honoring Dr. Kisslo’s leadership in cardiovascular research, mentoring and patient care. He also gave an excellent talk on the history and management of Barlow Syndrome.

Choosing an anticoagulant for a patient with atrial fibrillation

Drs. Sean Pokorney, Meena Rao, and Christopher Granger present a case-based approach to learning the safe and effective use of novel oral anticoagulants.  The session also marked the launch of - an extremely useful guide to help your clinical decision-making for anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation. The site is mobile friendly, includes links to risk score and dosing calculators, and features a clinical tool that can help you choose the right oral anticoagulant for your patient.


Melissa Burroughs Pena meets with leaders in Cardiovascular Global Health


This week I attended the final meeting of the NHLBI/ United Health Centers of Excellence Steering Committee. Duke Cardiology was well represented at the meeting, which involves many global leaders in cardiovascular research. Eric Velazquez and Jerry Bloomfield attended the meeting in conjunction with collaborators from the Center of Excellence in Eldoret, Kenya. It was a unique opportunity to look to the future of cardiovascular global health research as we near the conclusion of the Center of Excellence program. This program funded 11 cardiovascular research centers across the globe including the CRONICAS research center where I work in Peru. This network has not only facilitated career development, but also has provided a mechanism for interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, my current project on household air pollution exposure and left ventricular function brings together the infrastructure of the CRONICAS Center’s population cohort study in Peru and the expertise of the Duke Cardiac Diagnostic Unit and the Duke Clinical Research Institute in conducting echocardiography-based research. These types of partnerships broaden the reach of Duke cardiovascular research worldwide.