This year’s Basic/Translational Science Forum offered a series of presentations related to the role of optogenetic techniques, novel imaging methods, and the latest advances in genomics.
The forum “The Future is Now: Cutting Edge Methods for Electrophysiology Research,” designed in partnership with the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society (CES), was comprised of state-of-the-art talks. This year’s event emphasized the broad exposure to the latest methods for electrophysiology research.
The full day of presentations started with the Douglas P. Zipes Lectureship Award, given to Charles Antzelevitch, PhD, FHRS, Executive Director of the Cardiovascular Research Program at Lankenau Institute for Medical Research and Director of Research at Lankenau Heart Institute. Dr. Antzelevitch presented “Genetic, Ionic and Cellular Mechanisms Underlying the J Wave Syndromes” during Part I of the forum.
The other Part I speakers focused on novel imaging, with Mario Delmar, MD, PhD, FHRS, New York University, presenting “Super Resolution Microscopy”; Jan Huisken, PhD, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany, presenting “Light Sheet Microscopy”; and Donald M. Bers, PhD, University of California-Davis Medical Center, discussing “Imaging the Dyadic Space.” Glenn I. Fishman, MD, FHRS, New York University, chaired Part I.
Part II, chaired by Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, FHRS, Johns Hopkins University, highlighted four presenters who took a closer look at the role of ontogenetic techniques.
- Vadim V. Fedorov, PhD, The Ohio State University, “Humans, the Best Model System for Understanding Arrhythmia Mechanisms”
- Timothy J. Kamp, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin, “iPSCs for Disease Modeling”
- Kevin Healy, PhD, University of California, “Your Heart on a Chip”
- Igor R. Efimov, PhD, FHRS, George Washington University, “Providing Clarity to the Heart”
The session ended with a look at the latest in genetics. Christine M. Albert, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, chaired Part III, which featured presentations from:
- John Hailburton, MD, University of California, San Francisco, “Mircofluidics to Enable Single Cell Genomics”
- Marco Perez, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, “GWAS and Exomes are Dead: Prepare for the $1000 Genome”
- Patrick T. Ellinor, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, “Notso Fast, There is Still a Role for GWAS”
- Ivan Moskowitz, MD, PhD, University of Chicago, “Translating GWAS: TBX5 and AF”