January 28, 2022

Virtual Meeting

Access link will be provided to registered attendees via email

All meeting times are Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

7:30-7:50 a.m.

Virtual Registration

7:50-8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Comments

8:00-8:20 a.m.

Opening Lecture

Dan Burkhoff, MD (Columbia University)

Annual Update: The State of the Field in Cardiac Unloading

8:20-9:50 a.m.

Session I

Advances in Basic and Preclinical Science of Acute Unloading and Myocardial Recovery

8:20-8:35 a.m.

Lija Swain, PhD (Tufts Medical Center)

Topic: Trans-Valvular Unloading Protects Against Myocardial Damage Before and After Reperfusion in Preclinical Models of Acute Myocardial Infarction

8:35-8:50 a.m.

Peter Frederiksen, MD (Copenhagen University)

Topic: RV Strain under Impella RP® Support in Swine Model of Cardiogenic Shock

8:50-9:05 a.m.

Tomoki Sakata, MD (Mt. Sinai)

Topic: Impaired Diastolic Function Predicts Improved Ischemic Myocardial Flow Improvement with Mechanical LV Unloading

9:05-9:20 a.m.

Sebastian Billig, MD (University Hospital Aachen)

Topic: Promising First Results of a Novel Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Device in a Large Animal Model of Cardiac Arrest 

9:20-9:35 a.m.

Kay Everett, MD, PhD (Tufts Medical Center)

Topic: Combining VA-ECMO and Impella (EC-Pella) Before Reperfusion Mitigates Left Ventricular Injury Due to VA-ECMO in Acute Myocardial Infarction

9:35-9:50 a.m.

Young Investigator Award 

Renata Mazurek, PhD (Mt. Sinai)

Topic: Negative Effects of Acute Reloading after Mechanical Left Ventricle Unloading for Acute Myocardial Infarction in a Pig Model 

9:50-10:15 a.m.

Innovation Lecture

Navin Kapur, MD (Tufts Medical Center)

Topic: Current Understanding of the Molecular Mechanisms of Unloading & Recovery: Past, Present and Future

10:15-10:20 a.m.

A-CURE Fellowship Announcement

10:20-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:15 a.m.

Keynote Lecture         

Introduction: Dan Burkhoff, MD

Clyde Yancy, MD (Northwestern University)

Topic: TBA

11:15-12:30 a.m.

Session II

Real World Applications of Acute Ventricular Unloading

11:15-11:30 a.m.

Best in Research Award

Tharusan Thevathasan, MD (Charite Berlin)

Topic: Treatment with Impella® and Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation During Cardiac Arrest Improves Survival – A Multicenter Cohort Study 

11:30-11:45 a.m.

Carsten Tschope, MD (Charite Berlin)

Topic: Effect of Ventricular Unloading on Multiorgan Dysfunction and Heart Recovery

11:45-12:00 p.m.

Andreas Schafer, MD (Hannover Medical Center)

Topic: Complete Revascularization and Acute Unloading Prior to PCI Increases Survival in AMI-CGS

12:00-12:15 p.m.

Enrico Romagnoli, MD (Gemelli University Hospital)

Topic: Wall Motion Score Index (WMSI) in Revascularization and Ventricular Recovery

12:15-12:30 p.m.

Haroon Faraz, MD (Hackensack University)

Topic: The “Hack Attack” Program: Enabling 24/7 Enrollment in The STEMI-DTU Pivotal Trial

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Session III

Frontiers in Surgical and Clinical Applications of Unloading

1:00-1:15 p.m.

Ed Soltesz, MD (Cleveland Clinic)

Topic: Mechanical Circulatory Support in High-Risk Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

1:15-1:30 p.m.

David Joyce, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)

Topic: Mechanical Circulatory Support in Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

1:30-1:45 p.m.

Nicolas Brozzi, MD (Cleveland Clinic Florida)

Topic: High-Risk Non-Cardiac Surgery: Successful Bridging of Morbidly Obese Patients to Heart Transplant

1:45-2:00 p.m.

Div Verma, MD (Prescott VA)

Topic: Impella-supported MitaClip in Cardiogenic Shock Patients Complicated with High-grade MR

2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:30 p.m.

Session IV

Clinical Science and Evidence of Cardiac Recovery

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Distinguished Lecture         

Introduction: Navin Kapur, MD

Emma Birks, MD, PhD (University of Kentucky)

Topic: Heart Recovery – Insights from RESTAGE-HF

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Jane Wilcox, MD (Northwestern University)

Topic: Patient Identification and Fundamentals of Heart Recovery vs. Remission

3:00-3:15 p.m.

Manreet Kanwar, MD (Allegheny Health Network)

Topic: Clinical Experience of a Real World Heart Recovery Program

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Sonya Bhavsar, PhD (Abiomed)

Topic: Long-term Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Device as a Bridge-to-Recovery (BTR) 

3:30 p.m.

Closing Comments, Audience Feedback, and Adjourn

Note:  Topics and session time may update.