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.
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!
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!
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.