Atlanta 2021

ISACB 2021 Meeting "Building Translational Bridges for Cardiovascular Patients"

September 17-18, 2021

In addition to the in-person meeting in Atlanta, GA, we will provide a option for participants to attend virtually. Virtual attendees will be able to engage in presentation Q&A with speakers and the in-person audience. 

All abstract presenters must attend the meeting in-person. The top ranking abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Other abstracts will be selected for poster presentation. All abstracts will be judged for an award. 


Emory University
Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB) Auditorium
Atlanta, GA USA

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Friday September 17th, 2021

Registration: 4:00p-6:00p

4:00p-6:00p: Trainee-focused Session: “What can I be doing to get where I want to go? What did I do and Lessons Learned from how I did it.”

Moderators and Panelists: Giovanni Ferrari, Ngan Huang, Craig Goergen, Nicholai Henry, Brandon Henry, Olamide Alabi, Sasha Bennett, Prince Morkeh

Reception and Poster Viewing 6:00-8:00p


Saturday September 18, 2021:

7:00-8:00a:      Registration

7:00-9:00a:     Breakfast (Poster Viewing)

7:30-8:30a:     ISACB Executive Committee Business Meeting


8:50-9:00a:     Welcome Address and Introduction of the Program (Brewster and Shinoka)

Session 1: Vascular and Cardiac Surgery Update I: (9:00a-10:40a)

Moderators: Luke Brewster, Gale Tang, Ngan Huang

9:00-9:25: *Tatsuya Shimizu (20+5) ''Cell Sheet-Based Myocardial Tissue Grafts''

9:25-9:40a: Katherine Hekman (10+5) “Autophagy Remodels IPS-EC Mitochondria through Ulk1 Kinase signaling”

9:40-10:05a: *Agneta Simionescu “TEVG in Diabetes” (20+5)

10:05-10:15a: Mohammed El-Kurdi “One Year Patency and Remodeling of Restorative Polymeric Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts in an Ovine Model” (8+2) (selected abstract)

10:15-10:35a: Nicolas L’Heureux “Entirely Biological Woven Vascular Graft: Human and Ovine Versions” (15+5)


10:35a: 10:55: coffee break/refreshments

Session 2: Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Update Part II: 11:05-1:05p:

Moderator: Toshi Shinoka, Agneta Simionescu

10:55-1120a *Gale Tang “Developing Animal Surgical Models” (20+5)

11:20-11:40a: Tim Pennel “Evaluating Small Animal Vascular Graft Patency” (15+5)

11:40-12:00p: Bruno Podesser “New Insights Into Mitral Regurgitation-From Bed to Bench” (15+5)

12:00-12:10p: Mitchel Stacy “Molecular Imaging of Inflammation in Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts’ (8+2) (selected abstract)

12:10-12:30p: Kevin Southerland “Temporal Dynamics and Heterogeneity of Macrophages in the Ischemic Limb” (15+5)

12:30-12:55p: *Chris Breuer “Rationale Design of Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts” (20+5)

12:55p-2:00p (Lunch-provided)


Session 3: Pathologic Arterial Remodeling, a look to the future (2:00-4:10p)

Moderators: Joshua Hutcheson, C. LaShan Simpson

2:00-2:25p: *Josh Hutcheson “Cardiovascular Calcification” (20+5)

2:25p-2:45p: Hanjoong Jo (15+5) “Mechanobiology of Calcification in the Vascular System” (15+5)

2:50p-3:00p: Livia SA Passos “Discovery of Prothymosin alpha (ProTα), a novel contributor to CD8+ T-cell autoimmunity and sex pre-disposition in rheumatic heart valve disease (8+2) (selected abstract)

3:00-3:25p: * Raul Guzman “Vascular Consequences of Calcification” (20+5)

3:25-3:45p:  Olamide Alabi “Critical Challenges and Device Limitations in 2021” (15+5)

3:45-4:10p: *Dan Simionescu “Chemical Stabilization of the ECM Attenuates Growth of Experimentally-induced AAA in a Large Animal Model” (20+5)

4:10-4:25p: Coffee Break (Poster Viewing)


Session 4: Clinical Successes and Ongoing Challenges for Bioengineering (4:25-6pm)

Moderators: Gary Bowlin, Sasha Bennett, Prince Morkeh, Dylan McLaughlin

4:25-4:50p: *Maximilian Emmert “Next Generation Biomimetic Implants” (20+5)

4:50p-5:15: *Fred Schoen “Tissue Engineered Valve In Situ Pathophysiology and Translational Challenges” (20+5)

5:15-5:35p: Kendra Grubb “Structural Heart Reconstructions: Where We Are, Where We Need To Go” (15+5)

5:35p-6:15p: *Bob Nerem Lecture: Jonathan Butcher (30+10)

6:15: Closing Remarks (Brewster)


6:15-8p: Reception (included; onsite); Poster removal

Beer/wine/soft drinks, Queso food truck (Yumbii) and great company


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Registration Information:

Registration Fees:

*ISACB Members: $150
*Non-Members: $175
*Trainees: $75
**Guests: $75

*Fee is identical for in person or virtual attendance
*Registration fee includes welcome reception, coffee breaks, Saturday lunch, and closing social
**Guest fee for welcome reception and closing social

Confirmed Moderators and Invited Speakers:

Olamide Alabi, MD (Emory University)
Sasha Bennett (Emory University)
Gary Bowlin, PhD (University of Memphis)
Chris Breuer, MD (Nationwide Children’s Hospital)
Luke Brewster, MD, PhD (Emory University)
Jonathan Butcher, PhD (Cornell University)
Maximilian Emmert, MD PhD (University of Zurich)
Giovanni Ferrari, PhD (Columbia University)
Craig Goergen, PhD (Purdue University)
Kendra Grubb, MD (Emory Unversity)
Raul Guzman, MD (Yale University)
Katherine Hekman, MD, PhD (Emory University
Brandon Henry, MD (Morehouse School of Medicine)
Nicholai Henry, MD (Albany Medical Center)
Ngan Huang, PhD (Stanford University)
Joshua Hutcheson, PhD (Florida International University)
Hanjoong Jo, PhD (Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology
Nicolas L'Heureux (Université de Bordeaux)
Prince Morkeh (Morehouse School of Medicine)
Tim Pennel, MBChB PhD (University of Cape Town)
Toshiharu Shinoka, MD, PhD (Nationwide Children’s Hospital)
Tatsuya Shimizu, MD, PhD (Tokyo Women’s University)
Frederick J. Schoen, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard University)
Agneta Simionescu, PhD (Clemson University)
Dan Simionescu, PhD (Clemson University)
C. LaShan Simpson, PhD (Mississippi State University)
Kevin Southerland, MD (Duke Univeristy)
Gale Tang, MD (University of Washington)

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Express

(1 mile to HSRB, ~22 min walk)

Rates from $169

Hampton Inn Decatur/Emory

(2 miles to HSRB, 8 min drive)

Rates from $154

Holiday Inn Express Atlanta NE

(~5 miles to HSRB, 13 min drive)

Rates from $103

Emory Center Conference Hotel- no  longer available


Organizing Committee:

Program Chairs
Luke Brewster, MD PhD- Emory University and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Julie Phillippi, PhD- University of Pittsburgh
Toshiharu Shinoka, MD PhD- Nationalwide Children's Hospital

Program Committee:
Gary Bowlin, PhD- University of Memphis
Josh Hutcheson, PhD- Florida International University
Agneta Simionescu, PhD- Clemson University
Dan Simionescu, PhD- Clemson University


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