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CardSS Lab at AHA19

Pat and Savannah attended the 2019 Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in Philadelphia, PA. Savannah presented an excellent poster, entitled “Patient-Specific Computational Modeling Identifies Cryptogenic Stroke Patients With the Fibrotic Substrate for Atrial Fibrillation Perpetuation”. The abstract is available online, although the story has evolved a bit since then (as shown in the poster) due to the addition of a large number of patients to our ESUS model database.

Savannah AHA19 poster
Savannah presents her scientific work at the 2019 AHA meeting in Philadelphia

Pat played host to an extremely well-attended moderated poster session entitled “Is Use of Artificial Intelligence Helpful in Solving Arrhythmia Challenges?” (answer: yes; follow-up questions: how is it useful? what precautions do we need to take? etc.) This was a lot of fun and the format was conducive to excellent discussions, suggesting that it might be time to move content like this to center stage at meetings like AHA19… Stay tuned!

Mod poster session at AHA19
Pat tries to take a selfie at the moderated poster session and fails to show 50% of the assembled crowd

Pat’s mentor from his time at Johns Hopkins, Prof. Natalia Trayanova, gave a very quick but excellent summary of the recent Nature BME paper that described patient-specific ablation of rotor localization hot-sports based on analysis of simulations conducted in 3D models derived from MRI. It seemed very well received!

Natalia at AHA19
Prof. Trayanova presents the OPTIMA clinical study, for which Pat was the lead author during his time at Hopkins.

We also ate at some of Philly’s best fast food institutions, including Hershel’s Deli at the Reading Terminal Market and Pat’s King of Steaks off Passyunk Park. These meals were delicious,¬†although admittedly not quite on-brand for attendees to an AHA meeting. In our defense, we walked all the way to Pat’s from the convention center, which was quite a hike.

Pat's king of steaks signPat's steakReuben at Hershel's deli