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Assisted Circulation (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Advancements in Ventricular Assist Device Technology: Paving the Way for Development of Next-Generation Devices and Improving Clinical Outcomes


June 24-25, 2017


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT


William Cornwell & Bente Kristina Thamsen

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Assisted Circulation provides a unique forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as junior level clinicians and clinician-scientists (less than 5 years from highest level of training/education), and any other scientists with comparable levels of training, to present and exchange data, form collaborations on new research ideas and ultimately advance the science of current- and future-generation mechanical circulatory support technologies, and develop novel methods to improve clinical outcomes.

The focus of the meeting is to present the latest research in engineering of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and clinical care of patients with advanced heart failure who require mechanical circulatory support. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: advancements in device design, biomaterials, controller algorithms, cannula modifications, sensor technology, device miniaturization, driveline elimination, remote monitoring, physiology of pulsatile and nonpulsatile flow, innovative surgical approach/techniques, as well as patient risk stratification and methods to reduce the rates of known LVAD complications such as infection, stroke, RV failure, hemolysis/thrombosis and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Assisted Circulation" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Mechanical Circulatory Support Through the Ages
Discussion Leader: Bente Kristina Thamsen (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:15 pmJohn Woodard (Berlin Heart GmbH, Germany)
"A Personal History of VAD Development - From Imitating Nature to Rocket Science"
4:15 pm - 4:20 pmDiscussion
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmClinical and Engineering Aspects of Mechanical Circulatory Support: From Bench to Bedside
Discussion Leaders: James Antaki (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) and Pier Paolo Monticone (CorWave SAS, France)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmBen Chung (University of Chicago, USA)
"Right Ventricular Pacing Improves Functional Status and Quality of Life Compared to Biventricular Pacing in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmShaun Gregory (Griffith University, Australia)
"An Advanced Mock Circulation Loop for In-Vitro Evaluation of Cardiovascular Devices"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmLibera Fresiello (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"Exercise Physiology in LVAD Patients"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmSalim Olia (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Barriers to Patient and Mainstream Acceptance of VADs: Observations of a Clinically-Embedded Engineer"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmFaezeh Movahedi (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Cluster Analysis of Patients' Care Pathway After Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD) Implementation"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmJayant Raikhelkar (University of Chicago, USA)
"The Effect of Hemodynamic Optimization During LVAD Support on Post LVAD Outcomes"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amThe Great Debate: Pros and Cons of Pulsatile and Continuous-Flow Circulatory Support
Discussion Leader: William Cornwell (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amSitaramesh Emani (The Ohio State University, USA)
"Pulsatile Flow Is the Way to Go"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amPalak Shah (Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, USA)
"Nonpulsatile Flow Is Fine"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amRoland Graefe (ReinVAD GmbH, Germany)
"Pulsatility and Other Considerations Regarding Pump Characteristics"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amMarcus Granegger (University Children's Hospital Zurich, Switzerland)
"The Flatter, the Better?"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:45 amAmrut Ambardekar (University of Colorado, USA)
"Vascular Changes with Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Unforeseen Consequence of Evolving Technology?"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: The Physician-Scientist; Engineers in Academia and Partners in Industry
Discussion Leader: Karen May-Newman (San Diego State University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pmKatharine Fraser (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
"Engineers in Academia"
1:40 pm - 1:45 pmDiscussion
1:45 pm - 1:55 pmJohn Mignone (Swedish Medical Center, USA)
"Building an LVAD Program"
1:55 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:10 pmBalakrishnan Sivaraman (Abbott (formerly Thoratec Corporation), USA)
"Working with Industry"
2:10 pm - 2:15 pmDiscussion
2:15 pm - 2:25 pmGeneral Discussion
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmClosing Remarks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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