The lab ended 2016 with the annual CTM-CVRC karaoke blowout. Tim was hard at work with his selfie stick.
Devin and Tim in their finest.
The lab attended the 6th annual TRiMAD conference held at CHOP. Pooja, Jonathan and Alyssa all presented. Jonathan presented on MCUb gating in calcium uptake, Alyssa presented on myofibroblast transdifferntiation in myocardial infarction. and Pooja presented her work on mitochondrial calcium efflux in Alzheimer’s disease. Pooja was awarded the Best Scientific Poster Award!
Temple hosted its 4th Annual Science Symposium with invited award lectures from Temple and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr Elrod presented his work on mitochondrial calcium signaling in heart disease and won the Early Research Investigator Award. Pooja (Postdoc), Jonathan (PhD stuent), and Alyssa (MD/PhD student) all presented as well. Pooja presented a poster on mitochondrial calcium efflux in Alzheimer’s disease, Alyssa presented her work on myofibroblast transdifferentation in myocardial infarction, and Jonathan presented his work on MCUB and calcium overload. Pooja won the postdoctoral award and Jonathan won the student award for their top scoring posters.
Tim, Alyssa, and Jonathan presented at Temple's 15th annual Dawn Mark's Day. Alyssa presented her work on myofibroblast transdifferentaiton in myocardial infarction and Jonathan presented on MCUB modulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake.
John, Alyssa, Tim and Jonathan attended the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, California. Alyssa presented her work on mechanisms of myofibroblast differentiation; Jonathan presented his wok on MCUB regulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake; Tim presented his work on the role of NCLX in heart failure. Tim and Alyssa were both awarded the APS Cardiovascular Research Recognition Award for their top scoring abstracts. Congratulations Tim and Alyssa!
The lab attend the Biophysical Society Conference in New Orleans, Lousiana. Pooja presented her work on mitochondrial calcium efflux in AD and won the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW) Travel Award. Alyssa presented her work on myofibroblast transdifferentiation in myocardial infarction and won the Biophysical Society Education Travel Award. Congratulations Pooja and Alyssa!
The Center for Translational Medicine ended 2015 with our annual holiday party co-hosted with the Cardiovascular Research Center. As usual, Dr. Koch's karaoke performance was the hit of the night!
The Lab attended Scientific Sessions in Orlando and had a great time. The highlight was Federica Accornero (former Molkentin trainee) winning the Katz Basic Science Research Prize. By chance, three former Lefer trainees were all featured in the same session 'Cardiac Cell Death - Prevention and Recovery'.
I was lucky to travel to Israel to visit my good friend Izhak Kehat in Haifa and give a talk at Technion. The highlight of the trip was the personal tour by Izhak to various religious landmarks in the North of Israel. From there it was onto Jerusalem for the 7th International Conference on Sodium Calcium Exchange thanks to a lecture invite from our friend and collaborator, Israel Sekler. Beyond the great science presented at this meeting, I had the intense experience of spending significant time touring Jerusalem.
New Orleans, LA - Tim Luongo (PhD candidate) won the New Investigator Travel Award and was the top scoring abstract out of over 400 submitted for his work titled: "Genetic Deletion of Slc8b1, the mitochondrial sodium/calcium exchanger, causes sudden death and overexpression protects against MI and pressure-overload heart failure." John gave a talk in a session featuring mitochondrial biology in cardiovascular disease.
Our own Dr. Steve Houser was named President of the American Heart Association. Congrats Steve!
Tim Luongo, PhD student in the lab, won 1st place poster in the Temple/Fox Chase Research Symposium, which features work by all the graduate students. Congrats Tim, way to represent!
Had an excellent time interacting with some of the top 'Greek' scientists from around the world. This school, founded by my colleague, Dr. Costas Drosatos, is truly an amazing event. I had the privilege of giving a couple lectures and interacting with numerous trainees from around the world. I made some life long friends on this trip and also had the privilege of spending some time with the Godfather of Molecular Cloning, Tom Maniatis. AND it also happens to take place in Mani, Greece.......
Dr. Elrod and Tim Luongo traveled to the AHA Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago. Tim presented a poster entitled, "Cardiomyocyte Overexpression of the Mitochondrial Sodium/Calcium Exchanger (mitoNCX) Increases Matrix Calcium Efflux and Preserves Cardiac Function in Mouse Models of Heart Failure." Tim got a lot of great feedback and had a great time.
Dr. Elrod had the good fortune while in Germany of traveling to Hannover Medical School to meet an old friend and colleague from the Molkentin Lab, Prof. Dr. Jörg Heineke. While in Hannover, John gave a lecture as part of the Rebirth Cluster of Excellence Seminar Series. Dr. Elrod met with the outstanding Cardiology research group including:Director and Prof. Bauersachs, Prof. Wollert, Prof. Hilfiker-Klein, and Prof. Thomas Thum.
John traveled to Munich, Germany for the 2nd Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference hosted by Dr. Matthias Tschöp. While in Munich, he met with many of the Group Leaders at the IDO to discuss ongoing collaborations and attend this outstanding meeting which took place at the Lenbach Palais Rilano No.6. The meeting featured numerous giants in the field of metabolism and obesity including: Matthias Mann, Mitch Lazar, Tamas Horvath, Phil Scherer, Ron Khan, and Jeff Friedman. The trip coincided with the annual Oktoberfest celebration which made for some great times with old friends. Also, a big congratulations to our friend, Brian Finan, who won the prestigious Novo Nordisk-HeIDi Award!
Temple hosted it's annual Translational Science Day featuring many notable speakers from TUSM and Fox Chase. In addition, the meeting was a great forum for our trainees with over 120 abstract posters being presented. Tim Luongo (PhD candidate in the Elrod Lab) presented his work on the function of MCU in the setting of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury.
Congrats to Alyssa who was officially accepted into the TUSM MD/PhD program! Alyssa is in her 2nd year of medical school and will officially start in the lab in May of 2015.