CVG/THI Seminars

Unless otherwise specified, all seminars will be held at 4 PM in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium (Room C060) on the First Floor of the Texas Heart Institute Denton A. Cooley Building at 6770 Bertner Avenue.



September 12, 2019 
Host: James T. Willerson

Douglas W. Lozordo, M.D.
Caladrius Biosciences

Presentation title: The Microcirculation: Center of the cardiovascular regenerative medicine universe

September 19, 2019 
Host: TBD

Yochai Brinbaum, M.D., F.A.H.A, F.A.C.C.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: Potential Pleiotropic Effects of Ticagrelor. What are we missing in the clinical setting?

September 26, 2019 
Host: Erin Reineke & AJ Marian

Stephen Chan, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
University of Pittsburg

Presentation title: Computational Repurposing of Chemotherapeutics for Pulmonary Hypertension

October 3, 2019 
Host: Mark Entman

Lorrie A. Kirshenbaum, Ph.D.
University of Manitoba Winnipeg Canada

Presentation title: Molecular Regulation of Doxorubicin Cardiomyopathy

October 10, 2019
Host: AJ Marian

Scott Anthony LeMaire, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: Do fluoroquinolones increase the risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection?

October 24, 2019 
Host: AJ Marian

C. Tom Caskey, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: Precision Diagnosis

October 31, 2019  
Host: Heinrich Taegtmeyer

Moreshwar Desai, M.B.B.S.

Presentation title: Role of bile acids in cirrhotic cardiomyopathy: Defining cholecardia

November 7, 2019  
Host: Houston Methodist

John P. Cooke, M.D., Ph.D.
Houston Methodist

Presentation title: Hospital-based RNA Therapeutics for Cardiovascular Applications

November 14, 2019  
Host: Na Li

Dobromir Dobrev, M.D.
University of Duisburg-Essen Germany

Presentation title: Potential Role of Inflammatory Signaling in Atrial Fibrillation

November 21, 2019  
Host: Heinrich Taegtmeyer

Eva Zsigmond

Presentation title: CRISPR/Cas9 Mediated Gene Editing: Advances in the generation of animal models

December 5, 2019  
Host: Dianna Milewicz & Joshua Wythe

Mark Kahn, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Presentation title: TBA

December 12, 2019 
Host: Scott LeMaire

Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., D.Sc.
University of Kentucky

Presentation title: TBA

December 19, 2019 
Host: Dianna Milewicz

Dongchuan Guo

Presentation title: TBA

January 9, 2020
Host: AJ Marian

Sakthivel Sadayappan, Ph.D., M.B.A.
University of Cincinnati

Presentation title: TBA

January 16, 2020
Host: TBD

Darren Woodside, Ph.D.
Texas Heart Institute

Presentation title: TBA

January 23, 2020
Host: Dianna Milewicz

Beverrly Rothermel, Ph.D.
UT Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas

Presentation title: RCAN1: Refining the Yin and Yang of Mitochondrial Dynamics

January 30, 2020 
Host: Christie Ballantyne

Sean Hartig, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: Anti-Inflammatory Mechanisms in Fat Cells that Enable Insulin Sensitivity in Obesity

February 6, 2020
Host: TBD

Peter Vanderslice
Texas Heart Institute

Presentation title: Sticking it to Cancer: Small Molecule Upregulation of Cell Adhesion to Enhance Immunotherapy

February 13, 2020 
Host: James T. Willerson 

Dianna Milewicz

Presentation title: Mutations in ACTA2 (smooth muscle alpha-actin): Molecular Pathogenesis of Thoracic Aortic Disease versus Occlusive Vascular Diseases

February 20, 2020  
Host: Christie Balantyne

Bing Yu, Ph.D., FAHA

Presentation title: Genetics, Metabolomics, and Cardiovascular Disease

February 27, 2020 
Host: AJ Marian

Myriam Fornage, Ph.D.

Presentation title: Gene Discovery and Omics Application to Cardiovascular Disease

March 5, 2020
Host: James Willerson

Heinrich Taegtmeyer, M.D., Dphil., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

Presentation title: Metabolism in the Driver's Seat-Control of Structural Remodeling in the Heart

March 12, 2020 
Host: Hani Jneid

Barry London, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Iowa

Presentation title: TBA

March 19, 2020
Host: JC Chang

Ronglih Liao, Ph.D.
Stanford University

Presentation title: TBA

March 26, 2020
Host: James T. Willerson or AJ Marian

James Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: TBA

April 2, 2020
Host: TBD

Thomas Cooper, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: TBA

April 16, 2020
Host: Dianna Milewicz

David Dichek, M.D.
University of Washington Medical Center

Presentation title: TBA

April 23, 2020
Host: TBD

Grzegorz Ira, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: TBA

April 30, 2020
Host: AJ Marian

Xander Wehrens, B.Sc., M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Presentation title: TBA

May 21, 2020
Host: TBD

Jun-ichi Abe, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Presentation title: TBA

Questions regarding  The James T. Willerson, M.D. Cardiovascular Sciences Seminar Series can be directed to both: 

Dr. AJ Marian, Phone: 1-713-500-3390 or email

Evelyn Capadocia,  Phone: 1-713-500-3577 or email