Queen's hosts international cardiovascular conference
The first-annual Queen’s University Cardiovascular Conference will be held this weekend at Kingston’s Holiday Inn.
Cardiology professor Damian Redfearn and Pharmacology and Toxicology professor Donald Maurice are co-chairing this event, featuring many nationally and internationally renowned experts. The approximately 200 attendees represent physicians from southeastern Ontario who refer patients to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) for cardiovascular indications, and scientists with active research programs studying cardiac, circulatory and respiratory (CCR) related questions.
The conference is the result of collaboration between the Division of Cardiology at KGH and the CCR research program at Queen’s. The conference aims to integrate clinical and research streams by providing a dual-track format. The weekend starts with programming for all participants, after which participants will break into two streams, one focused on clinical sciences and the other on fundamental curiosity-based sciences.
Queen’s presenters include professors Shetuan Zhang, Colin Funk and Chris Ward from Physiology and Michael Adams from Pharmacology and Toxicology.
The keynote lecture, second annual Melo Lecture, will be given by David Kass, a cardiologist and research scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The Melo Lecture commemorates the life and achievements of Luis Melo. At the time of his death, Dr. Melo was a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cardiology at Queen’s and a rising research star.
The conference runs Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13.