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Prof. Martin Allen Samuels to deliver the fourth HJC Swan Memorial Lecture at the Opening Ceremony of the International Academy of Cardiology, 15th World Congress on Heart Disease Annual Scientific Sessions 2010

July 20, 2010

 

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Asher Kimchi, M.D.
Asher Kimchi, M.D.
Beverly Hills, CA (July 20, 2010) Asher Kimchi, M.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology today announced the selection of Prof. Martin Allen Samuels, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Neurology of the Harvard Medical School, to deliver the fourth H.J.C. Swan Memorial Lecture at the Opening Ceremony of the International Academy of Cardiology 15th World Congress on Heart Disease Annual Scientific Sessions 2010 to be held in Vancouver, B.C., from Saturday, July 24 through Tuesday, July 27, 2010.

Martin Allen Samuels, M.D.
Martin Allen Samuels, M.D.
Prof. Samuels will present on the topic of "Voodoo' Death Revisited: The Modern Lessons of Neurocardiology."  In 1941, the renowned neurophysiologist, Walter B. Cannon, wrote a landmark paper entitled, "Voodoo Death," by which he meant death from fright.  Modern evidence suggests that Cannon's principle of "fight or flight" was generally correct. Prof. Samuel's research will show that data from four separate streams of investigation (catecholamine cardiotoxicity; stress induced heart disease; nervous system stimulation; and cardiac reperfusion after ischemia) converge to allow the generation of a unifying hypothesis for neurally mediated cardiac damage. Catecholamines, released directly into the heart via the sympathetic nerves and reaching the myocardium via the blood stream from the adrenal medulla have the net effect of opening a receptor operated calcium channel that leads to free radical mediated cell death.  Electrolyte shifts related to this catecholamine mediated process alter the electrocardiogram, lowering the threshold for malignant arrhythmias that are the proximate cause of sudden death in many circumstances.

Prof. Samuels is not only one of the leading neurologists in the United States; he is also a legendary full professor and chair and a clinician-teacher in perhaps one of the most research-intensive universities in the world, the Harvard Medical School.  He has served as a visiting professor in literally hundreds of medical schools and hospitals around the world.  He created dozens of audiotapes and a video textbooks and has authored several books, including The Manual of Neurological Therapeutics, Office Practice of Neurology, Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology Shared Care in Neurology and Hospitalist Neurology, that are standard reading for students, residents and postgraduate physicians.  Prof. Asher Kimchi comments, "We are most fortunate to have Prof. Samuels with us at the 15th World Congress on Heart Disease.  His teachings are unparalleled and we are looking forward to his presentation on Voodoo death."  For more information about Prof. Samuels, visit http://www.brighamandwomens.org or http://www.cardiologyonline.com/samuels

On Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. the Founder and Chairman of the International Academy of Cardiology, Prof. Asher Kimchi, will greet the Congress' hundreds of attendees from fifty-one countries throughout the world. Prof. Asher Kimchi is Vice-Clinical Chief, Division of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles and Clinical Professor of Medicine, >David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  The official Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentations will be chaired by Prof. John A. Elefteriades, New Haven, CT, USA; Prof. of Surgery, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine; Chairman, Scientific Executive Committee; and Chairman, Section of Cardiovascular Surgery.

The following Members of the International Academy of Cardiology (IAC) will also take part in the Opening Ceremony:

            - Prof. Jeffrey S. Borer, Prof. of Medicine and Chairman, Department of Medicine; Chief/Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, SUNY, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn NY; Member, Scientific Executive Committee; Chairman, Section of Valvular Heart Disease

            - Prof. Naranjan S. Dhalla, Distinguished Prof. and Director of Cardiovascular Developments, SBRC, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada; Member of the Scientific Executive Committee and Chairman of the Section of Cellular Biology of the Heart

            - Prof. Gordon Fung, Clinical Prof. of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine and Director of Cardiology Services UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, San Francisco, CA;  Member, Scientific Advisory Board and Past Governor of the American College of Cardiology, California Chapter

            - Prof. Kenneth Maiese, Prof. and Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey; New Jersey Medical School; Member, Scientific Executive Committee; and Chairman, Section of Vascular Biology

AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEDICINE AND CARDIOLOGY:

 
            The International Academy of Cardiology has established five awards to honor the memory of distinguished colleagues who made a major contribution to Medicine and Cardiology and who were members of the faculty for previous International Academy of Cardiology meetings. As in previous years, a very prestigious Awards Committee selected the recipients.

Prof. John A. Elefteriades and Prof. Jeffrey S. Borer will present the following awards for 2010 at the opening ceremony of the Congress:

§  The WALTER BLEIFELD MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Clinical Research

§  The ALBRECHT FLECKENSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Basic Research

§  The JAN J. KELLERMANN MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

§  The HANS-PETER KRAYENBUEHL MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished work in the field of Research in Cardiac Function

§  The MELVIN L. MARCUS MEMORIAL AWARD for distinguished contribution as a Gifted Teacher

§  The DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP AWARD for profound contribution to Cardiovascular Medicine and important service to the Academy

Prof. Kimchi notes that, "program areas of this Congress will include ground-breaking lectures on molecular and celular cardiology, diagnostic methods, coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery."

According to Prof. Kimchi, "Papers will be presented in the form of plenary sessions, symposia and posters and will include superb scientific material that was carefully selected by the Scientific Abstract Review committee from over eight hundred and fifty abstracts submitted for presentation at the meeting. The four hundred and eighty-six studies selected for presentation, originate from laboratories in fifty-one countries and assure that the meeting will be a major scientific event,"

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF CARDIOLOGY:

The International Academy of Cardiology, founded twenty-one years ago by Prof. Asher Kimchi, a pioneering  cardiologist on the medical staff of Cedars-Sinai, is dedicated to the advancement of global research in cardiovascular medicine through the support of scientific meetings and publications. The World Congress is attended by physicians and scientists worldwide, and provides a forum for innovative and comprehensive overview of the latest research developments in cardiovascular medicine, primarily in the areas of molecular and cellular cardiology, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery.
             
Registration for the 15th World Congress on Heart Disease, presented by the International Academy of Cardiology in Vancouver, B.C., Canada from July 24-27, 2010 is available online at http://www.cardiologyonline.com. The Congress takes place at the Hyatt Regency, 1 Discovery Square, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver B.C. Canada.

For further information or to book interviews, please visit www.cardiologyonline.com  or email Cirina Catania, pr@catania.us.

 


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