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2024 - 31st Annual Cardiovascular Day

31st Annual Cardiovascular Day

March 5th, 2024
Hilton Inn Garden Conference Center «map»

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mark T. Nelson, Keynote SpeakerDr. Mark T. Nelson

Chair and University Distinguished Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of Vermont
Dr. Mark Nelson is known for his research on ion channels and calcium signaling in smooth muscle and endothelial cells, particularly for his work on electrical and local calcium signaling in the brain vasculature and urinary bladder. He was born in New York City, New York and grew up in New Jersey. After graduating from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts with a degree in Mathematics and Biology, he went to Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Neural Science with Professor Mordecai Blaustein in 1980. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Universität Konstanz, Germany, sponsored by Professor Peter Läuger. Dr. Nelson joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1986 and became Chair of the Department of Pharmacology in 1995. He has a part-time Professorship at the University of Manchester and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. Dr. Nelson is a member of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vermont Academy of Sciences and Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Title Talk: Capillaries as multi-modal sensors of brain activity

Additional speakers:

  • Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi - Vasoregulation by endothelin and TRPC3 coupling – Old tracks, new tricks in kidney pathophysiology
  • Dr. Darla Tharp - A Tale of Two Heart Failures from a Vascular Perspective
  • Dr. Skyler King - Surfactant protein A promotes macrophage foam cell formation and atherosclerosis via selective activation of the pro-atherogenic PPAR-gamma signaling pathway
  • Dr. Bettina Mittendorfer - Diet composition and cardiovascular risk: protein, the new kid on the block
  • Dr. Carie Boychuk - Lost in Vagus: Early Impacts of High Fat Diet on Central Cardiac Vagal Function
  • Dr. Yi "Richard" Pan - Selective AT1R Targeting: A Dual Strategy Eliminating AML and Safeguarding the Heart from Cardiotoxicity
A full schedule of events can be found here.

Event Information

This years Cardiovascular Day will be held, in person, off campus, at the Hilton Inn Garden Conference Center at 3300 Vandiver Drive (map). This is right next door to Bass Pro off of Hwy63, just North of the I-70/Hwy63 interchange.

Please contact for more information.


Registration is now closed.

2024 CVDay Winners

Poster Winners
First PlaceAdvaya Patro
First PlaceGavin Power
Runner Up - MastersArooj Shahid
Runner Up - PHD CanidateNeil Mcmillan
Post Doctoral
First PlaceJulia Estibaliz de la Cruz Conty
Runner UpNatasha Boyes Mostat
Flash Talk Winners
First PlaceJessica Cayton
Runner UpHope Welter

Event Committee members:
Laurel Grisanti, PhD – Chair
Adebowale Adebiyi, PhD
Julia Estibaliz De la Cruz Conty, PhD
Dain Jacob, Graduate Student
Jill Kanaley, PhD
David Kline, PhD
Charles Norton, PhD
Karol Dinwiddie
Angela Mabe
Laura McClaskey
Lisa Putting
John Donahue

MU Departmental Cardiovascular Day Sponsors:
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Chair: Douglas K. Bowles, PhD, Professor
Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology
Chair: Kerry S. McDonald, PhD, Professor
Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center
Interim Director: R. Scott Rector, PhD, Professor
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Interim Chair: Dojin Liu, MD, Professor
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Dept. of Medicine
Director: Zhenguo Liu, MD, Professor
NextGen Precision Health Building
Director: R. Scott Rector, PhD, Professor

Corporate Sponsors - TBD

Published by Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, 134 Research Park Dr., Columbia, MO 65211
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