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Drs. Virginia Hahn and Brian Lin win the Stanley L. Blumenthal, MD Cardiovascular Research Awards

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

This year at the 2019 Cardiovascular Research Retreat, Kass lab members Virginia Hahn and Brian Lin both won the Blumenthal award for best oral presentation.

The Blumenthal awards were established in 2004 in memory of the late Stanley L. Blumenthal, MD who did his undergraduate, medical school, and Pediatrics internship training at Hopkins. This year's winners were:

Brian Lin, PhD – Tie for 1st in Oral Presentations

a. Title: Inhibition of Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 6 (TRPC6) in dystrophin-utrophin-deficient mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) rescues cardiac dysfunction, bone deformities, and extends life expectancy by nearly three-fold.

Mentor: David Kass, MD


2) Francoise Marvel, MD – tie for 1st in Oral Presentations

a. Title:Myocardial infarction, COmbined-device, Recovery Enhancement (MiCORE) Study: Preliminary Results of 30-Day Readmission Rates and Cost-Effectiveness of a Novel Digital Health Intervention for Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients

b. Mentor: Seth Martin, MD, MHS

3) Virginia Hahn, MD – tie for 1st in Oral Presentations

a. Title: Tissue is the issue: Endomyocardial Biopsy Approach to Phenotyping in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

b. Mentors: David Kass, MD & Kavita Sharma, MD

4) Marios Arvanitis, MD – tie for 1st place in Oral Presentations

a. Title: Uncovering the role of genetic variation in clinical heart failure

b. Mentors: Alexis Battle, PhD & Wendy Post, MD, MS

5) Carine E. Hamo, MD – tie for 1st place in Oral Presentations

a. Title: Heart Failure Risk Associated with Optimal Levels of Modifiable HF Risk Factors: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC)

b. Mentor: Chiadi Ndumele, MD, PhD


6) Aditi Madan, PhD – tie for 1st place in Oral Presentations

a. Title: Troponin-T cardiomyopathy mutations depress its inhibitory properties,

in vitro, and stimulate myocardial dysfunction, in vivo

b. Mentor: Anthony Cammarato, PhD


Poster Award Winners

7) Meera C. Viswanathan, MS

a.   Title: Expression of myosin storage myopathy mutations in Drosophila disrupts   skeletal and cardiac muscle structure and function

b.   Category: Basic Science – 1st place poster

c.   Mentor: Anthony Cammarato, PhD


8) Justin Lowenthal, BS

a. Title: Engineered Heart Slice Preparation for Drug Studies and Disease Modeling

b. Category –Basic Science– 2nd place poster

c. Mentors: – Sharon Gerecht, PhD & Leslie Tung, PhD –

9) Faisal Rahman, MD

a. Title: Early Prediction of Cardiogenic Shock in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure using Machine Learning Tools

b. Category: Translational Science – 1st place poster

c. Faculty Mentors: Steven Schulman, MD & Suchi Saria, PhD


10)  Eunice Yang M.D.

a.       Title: Atrial Fibrillation Increases 30-day Hospital Readmission In Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.

b.       Category –Translational Science – 2nd place poster

c.       Mentors: Kavita Sharma, MD, Hugh Calkins, MD, David Spragg, MD


11)  Olive Tang, AB

a. Title: High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T and I as independent markers of cardiovascular risk in the general population

b. Category: Population Science 1st place poster

c. Mentor: Elizabeth Selvin, PhD


12) Amir Heravi, BS 

a. Title: HIV Infection is Associated with Higher Repolarization Lability in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)

b. Category: Population Science 2nd place poster

c. Mentor: Wendy Post, MD, MS

Congrats to all!

Kass lab members, Virginia Hahn and Brian Lin, win the Blumenthal award

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