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2015 November 2

November 27 –  28, 2015 Grand Hotel Salerno – Sala Cilento via Lungomare Tafuri, 1, 84127 Salerno

2015 February 26

2015/02/20 Aula F. Ferro – Polo Universitario Azienda Ospedaliera – Universitaria “San Giovanni Di Dio e Ruggi D’Aragona”…

2015 February 12

AEPC 2015 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology. May 20-23 – 2015…

Biobank / Surgical Core

The Biobank / Surgical Core is responsible for establishing best practices for tissue and other sample collection, and coordination of these resources. It is also responsible for initiating and leading studies around surgery for BAV and BAV-associated disease.

Thor Sundt
Co-Chair
Bo Yang
Co-Chair

Dr. Bo Yang has recently taken over the role of principal investigator of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Registry at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Yang is working in conjunction with cardiologists and other surgeons at the University of Michigan to build a BAV registry from which to share and research data from. Dr. Yang’s research includes projects to determine the mechanism of thoracic aortic aneurysm formation in patients with BAV. By modeling the human BAV-disease with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology, the mechanism can be studied and in the future, patient specific tissue engineered vascular grafts can be generated. Dr. Yang’s research and clinical practice include both researching and providing care to BAV patients and working to minimize the serious complications that BAV patients are predisposed to.

Alessandro Della Corte

Prof. Alessandro Della Corte achieved his Cardiac Surgery Specialty Degree in 2004 and PhD Degree in 2008 at the Second University of Naples, Italy (UN2). Assistant Professor in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2014, he currently teaches in several courses, and has been supervisor for PhD programs in other Italian and foreign Institutions.
Since 2007: Staff Surgeon at the Cardiac Surgery Unit of the Monaldi Hospital, Naples, with particular interest in surgery of the aorta and aortic valve, also co-running the aortic endovascular treatment program.
He has run four nationwide research projects co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and is currently PI in a national multidisciplinary project on bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy, co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Health.
Author of more than 110 abstracts and 105 papers published in international peer-review journals; co-author of 1 monography and 3 book chapters; fellow of the Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery and European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery; reviewer for 15 international scientific Journals.

Ashutosh Hardikar
Giuseppe Limongelli

Dr. Giuseppe Limongelli graduated (1997) and completed his Cardiology Training (2001) at the Second University of Naples (SUN). From 2002 to 2003, he was Research Fellow of The Genotyping Lab & Heart Failure Clinic at St George’s Hospital Medical School (London, UK). From 2003 to 2004, he was Research Fellow of the Cobbold Lab (Middlesex Hospital) & Heart Failure Clinic (The Heart Hospital) University College of London (London, UK). He completed a 3 year Phd course at Secondd University of Naples in 2003. He was appointed with the title of “European Doctor in Biotechnology” in 2007 (HeduBT, UK). He is a member/fellow of national and international cardiovascular societies (SIC; ESC; HFA; AHA). Since February 2011, he is Editor in Chief of a new open access, online journal, Cardiogenetics. Since 2013, he is member of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). He is currently an assistant professor of cardiology at the Second University of Naples, and consultant cardiologists, at the Department of Cardiology, Monaldi Hospital. His main interests concern the field of inherited heart diseases, congenital heart diseases, and rare cardiovascular diseases.

Gordon Huggins

Dr Huggins’ laboratory is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Bicuspid Aortic Valve disease and Calcific Aortic Valve Disease. Dr Huggins’ laboratory has previously performed a pathway-based genome-wide association study that identified several genes associated with bicuspid aortic valve. His current work focuses on a regulator of bone formation and the role that gene plays in hardening of the aortic valve which can lead to aortic valve stenosis. In addition to his role directing a research laboratory Dr Huggins is a practicing Cardiologist on staff at Tufts Medical Center Cardiology Division who cares for patients with aortic valve disease.

Ilenia Foffa
Joseph Bavaria
Patrick Mathieu
Pierluigi Festa
Rita Miewski
Severino Iesu
Alessandro Frigiola