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Highlights Duke Heart Week

GWTG-AFIB 1st Results Published

Congrats to Jonathan Piccini and the Get With the Guidelines – AFIB Clinical Working Group and Hospitals team on their newly published study results in Circulation, just in time for National Heart Month! Their findings were published online on Thursday, Jan. 31, ahead-of-print. Oral anticoagulation patients with atrial fibrillation and CHA2DS2-VASc ≥2 improved dramatically (>95%) in GWTG-AFIB. https://bit.ly/2t0DOuB. Great work!

DeVore Receives PCORI Grant

Adam DeVore has received funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to integrate Patient-reported Outcome Measures into our heart failure clinics. This grant will allow us to capture KCCQ-12 and other data through MyChart and tablets available in the waiting room prior to clinic visits at Duke South. These data will be available in Epic for clinic visits and then integrated into the PCORI Common Data Model for other initiatives. The grant is a collaboration with investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Congrats Adam!

Research Seminar Series Features Dennis Abraham

Dennis Abraham was the invited presenter for the January 25 session of the Department of Medicine’s Research Seminar Series. Abraham spoke about his work with the two-pore potassium channel TREK-1 and examining its role in cardiac function and how it ties to heart failure. He is one of many physician-scientists at Duke who are welcoming trainees and fellows with an interest in basic science to explore opportunities to work in his lab. He is also interested in forming and expanding collaborations with other clinicians and scientists whose work may dovetail with his research as well as his clinical care of heart failure patients. Abraham was recently featured on the Department of Medicine’s Voices of Medicine podcast – it offers great insight into the work he is doing. You can listen here: https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/qvQBAA/. Really cool work, Dennis!


Thomas Scholarship Will Be Awarded to HS Students Interested in Medicine

Following up on a story we first mentioned in December, the newly created Kevin L. Thomas, MD Scholarship will benefit participants in the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (H-PREP). H-PREP, which has programs at medical schools nationwide, introduces high school students from underrepresented populations to careers in the health sciences. To read more about the scholarship and how it will be distributed, please see: https://bit.ly/2GhxNBE

Lavine at Duke for Grand Rounds

Kory Lavine of Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis presented on Precision Medicine Approaches to Heart Failure at our grand rounds this week. Thanks to all who joined us!

Shout-out to Fellows, Faculty

Way to represent! Several of our Duke Heart fellows and faculty members attended a special gathering (the “Pro-state Bowl”) this past week. While there, they helped to honor and support Tony Galanos, who was celebrating a birthday. Talented at work and on the field, but particularly good at showing our Duke colleagues how much we care. That’s the way it should be! Thanks to Don Hegland for the head’s up.

CVRC Labs to Host Students from Women and Math Mentoring Program

The Cardiovascular Research Center is working with Durham’s Women and Math Mentoring Program this year and will be a tour location for 8th grade girls interested in STEM careers. Special thanks to Dennis Abraham, Neil Freedman and Andrew Landstrom and their lab teams for agreeing to host field trip participants. We know the students will not only learn a great deal, but will also find it enjoyable to meet and interact with the members of these labs! The tour will take place sometime in March or April, and we will follow up with coverage here in Pulse. To learn more about the Women and Math Mentoring Program, please visit: womenandmathmentoring.org

Another Good Catch for 7100!

Leah Shannon, RN, another of our eagle-eyed and amazing team nurses on 7100, was awarded this week with a Good Catch Award for discovering that appropriate lab tests had not been ordered on a patient. Way to go, Leah! Thank you for living the Duke Values and helping us drive towards our goal of “Zero Harm.”

Duke Heart OnTheGo Ramps Up

DukeHeart OnTheGo will launch an email blast this week and, as a Pulse subscriber, you will receive this email. Duke Heart OnTheGo is a CME mobile learning application allowing you to learn anywhere, anytime. Manesh Patel, Andrew Wang and Jon Piccini are on the editorial board. There is no fee to subscribe or utilize the CME modules. To learn more, please see: https://dukeheartonthego.com. If you have questions about the app, please contact Christy Darnell via christy.darnell@duke.edu.


Didn’t make it to Keystone with Geoff Ginsburg for Digital Health: From Science to Application held January 21-25? Check out the video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrDpvNIy6FY&feature=youtu.be

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