Special Lectures Scientific Sessions 2013

Updated:Aug 26,2013
Scientific Sessions 2015 - November 7-11, 2015

Special Lectures


 Jessup Special Lecture
Mariell Jessup, M.D.
Philadelphia, PA

Presidential Address
Sunday, Nov. 17, Opening Session from 1-3 p.m.

As president of the American Heart Association, University of Pennsylvania cardiologist Mariell Jessup, M.D., is the chief volunteer scientific and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters.

Dr. Jessup is medical director of the Penn Heart and Vascular Center, professor of medicine and associate chief-clinical affairs of the cardiovascular division at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is a nationally recognized expert in heart failure and co-editor of Heart Failure: Providing Optimal Care and A Clinician’s Guide to Heart Failure Management in the Ambulatory Setting.

 Newburger Special Lecture
Jane Newburger, M.D., MPH
Boston, MA
Lewis A. Connor Memorial Lecture: Beyond Mortality - Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease
Sunday, Nov. 17, Opening Session from 1 -3 p.m.

Jane Newburger, M.D, is the Commonwealth Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the associate cardiologist-in-chief, Children’s Hospital Boston.  Dr. Newburger's goals are to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of children with Kawasaki disease and to minimize neurologic problems that may occur after surgery for congenital heart disease. She has focused on performing randomized trials of new therapies for these conditions.
 Thiene Special Lecture
Gaetano Thiene, M.D.
Padua, Italy

Paul Dudley White International Lecture: Sudden Cardiac Death and Cardiovascular Pathology - from the Anatomic Theater to the Double Helix
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2-3:15 p.m.

Gaetano Thiene, M.D., is professor of pathology and consultant of cardiovascular pathology, Department of Medical Diagnostic Sciences and Special Therapies at the University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy. He was director of the Institute of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Padua from 1998-2006.

His research interests have been across the broad fields of cardiovascular medicine and pathology, particularly directed to clinicopathologic studies and clinical translation of basic research.

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James A. Spudich, Ph.D.
Stanford, CA


Lasker Awardee Lecture
Monday, Nov. 18, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.

Dr. James A. Spudich, the Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease at the Stanford University School of Medicine, received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 2012 for his investigations of the molecular motors that drive skeletal muscle contractions and heartbeats, enable cells to divide, and power patrolling immune cells through our tissues.  Dr. Spudich shares this award with two other researchers: biologist Michael Sheetz, PhD, of Columbia University, and cellular and molecular pharmacologist Ronald Vale, PhD, of the University of California-San Francisco. 

Dr. Spudich is a professor of biochemistry and developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty for 22 years, and during that time served as chairman in two different departments.  Previously, he served for six years on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco. He has published more than 180 articles in scientific journals and has served as editor on a number of these journals. He is currently associate editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell, and he has edited the Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology since its inception in 1994.  Dr. Spudich has a long relationship with the American Heart Association, having won the American Heart Association Research Prize in 1991.

He is a member of several scientific societies and served as the president of the American Society for Cell Biology in 1989.  He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1991 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.

 Grundy Special Lecture
Scott Grundy, M.D., Ph.D
Dallas, TX

Distinguished Scientist Lecture: Hypercholesterolemia and Metabolic Syndrome: Mischievous Partners
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 12:30-2pm

Dr. Grundy's major research area is in cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism. He has published over 300 original papers, and numerous solicited articles and chapters. Notable research accomplishments include the development of methods for measuring cholesterol balance and biliary lipid secretion in humans, identifying the metabolic causes of cholesterol gallstones, defining effects of saturated and unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fatty acids, on cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism, uncovering genetic defects underlying hypercholesterolemia and other forms of dyslipidemia, identifying metabolic defects in hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypoalphalipoproteinemia, and defining mechanisms of action of several lipid-lowering drugs, notably fibrates and HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins).

 Cooper Special Lecture
Kenneth Cooper, M.D., MPH
Dallas, TX

Keynote Presentation
Monday, Nov. 18, 3:45- 5:30pm

Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., MPH, "the father of aerobics," is the president and founder of The Cooper Aerobics Center. Recognized through his writings and research as a leader in the international physical fitness movement, Dr. Cooper has been credited with motivating more people to exercise in pursuit of good health than any other person.

The author of 18 books, Dr. Cooper has advocated revolutionizing the field of medicine away from disease treatment to disease prevention through aerobic exercise. His message is direct: "It is easier to maintain good health through proper exercise, diet and emotional balance than it is to regain it once it is lost".

"An Aspen Timeout: Sports for All, Play for Life...the Role of Sports in a Physically Active Lifestyle"  

Part of the Global Congress on Physical Activity: Sunday, Nov 17th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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Tom Farrey

Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program and ESPN correspondent
William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.   
Former Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC
Gary Hall Jr.
Olympic Swimmer and Health Advocate
Dean Kriellaars, Ph.D. 
Professor, Physical Activity and Physical Literacy in Obesity and Prevention of Disease and Injury, University of Manitoba