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Advances in Rare & Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Symposium

UCL Personalised Medicine Domain

Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)

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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

Advances in Rare & Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Symposium

Thursday 1 June 2017


Registration for the Advances in Rare & Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Symposium is now closed. If you did not manage to register for a ticket in time, it is still worth coming to the venue on the day, as you may be able to gain entrance to the event if there are people who do not show up. 



This one-day conference, jointly hosted by the UCL Personalised Medicine Domain, Queen Mary University of London, and Barts Health NHS Trust, will showcase research in rare and inherited cardiovascular disease. 

Talks are planned on a diverse range of themes, including:

  • using ‘Big Data’ to study genetic cardiovascular disease
  • in silico approaches to the study of genetic disease
  • inflammation & infiltration
  • and rare forms of cardiomyopathy

The Symposium promises to be a fascinating day with a mixture of insightful talks and time to network with your peers and colleagues. 


Who should attend?

This meeting is open to all researchers (PhD students, postdocs, research associates and Principal Investigators) and clinicians working on any aspect of cardiovascular science within UCLPartnersMSc / iBSc Cardiovascular Science students are also welsome to register. 

To confirm authenticity of your registration, please use your UCL/NHS/academic email address when registering (i.e. do not use gmail, hotmail etc).







Welcome and opening remarks


Professor David Lomas

UCL Vice-Provost (Health)


Professor Steffen Petersen

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine; Honorary Consultant Cardiologist; UCLPartners Academic Health Science Centre Cardiovascular Programme Director; and Director for Research Barts Heart Centre, William Harvey Research Institute, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Barts



Session one: Using ‘Big Data’ to study genetic cardiovascular disease

Chairs: Professor Nish Chaturvedi (Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) & Professor John Deanfield (BHF Vandervell Chair of Cogenital Heart Disease, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science)


Professor Harry Hemingway

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Director of the UCL Institute of Health informatics, and Director of Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, London

Harnessing national electronic records to study rare cardiovascular disease


Dr Lorenzo Monserrat

CEO, Health in Code

Knowledge management in cardiovascular genetics: from diagnosis to prognosis


Keynote: Professor Aroon Hingorani

Director of the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, and UCL Professor of Genetic Epidemiology

Using population cohorts to study cardiovascular genetics


Networking break  



Session two: In silico approaches to the study of genetic disease

Chairs: Professor Pier Lambiase (Head, Centre for Translational Electrophysiology, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Barts Heart Centre) & Professor Mathias Gautel (BHF Chair of Molecular Cardiology, Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics

and Cardiovascular Division, King's College London)


Dr Andrew Martin

Reader in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UCL Division of Biosciences

Predicting phenotypes from proteins


Professor Kristina Djinovic-Carugo

Head of Department, Department of Structural and Computational Biology, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna

Impact of Filamin C mutations at molecular level: Integrative Structural Biology Approach


Keynote: Professor Blanca Rodriguez

Professor of Computational Medicine; Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, University of Oxford

Computational modelling approaches to predict probability of ventricular arrhythmia and targeting of therapy





Session three – Inflammation & infiltration

Chairs: Dr Saidi Mohiddin & Professor Aroon Hingorani


Professor Eloisa Arbustini

Director of the Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy

Diagnosis of myocardial disease: the role of cardiac pathology in the 21st Century.


Paula Longhi  

Early Career Researcher, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Dendritic cells and epicardial fat inflammation: implications for cardiovascular disease


Keynote: Professor Sir Mark Pepys

Director, Wolfson Drug Discovery Unit, Centre for Amyloidosis and Acute Phase Proteins, UCL Division of Medicine

Is amyloidosis a curable disease?


Networking break



Session four – Learning from others

Chairs: Professor Perry Elliott (Head, Centre for Heart Muscle Disease, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Barts Heart Centre) & Professor Mark Caulfield (Chief Scientist, Genomics England, and Co-Director, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London)


Dr Elaine Murphy

Consultant Inherited Metabolic Disease, Charles Dent Metabolic Unit, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

The past, present and future of treatments for cardiovascular disease in IEM


Professor David Kelsell

Professor of Human Molecular Genetics, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London Medical School, Queen Mary University of London

Lessons from the skin in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy


Keynote: Professor Virginia Fuentes

Royal Veterinary College

Cats & humans: more in common that we realise?



Session five – Discoveries from the clinics: “Twitchy” Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Chairs: Dr Lorenzo Monserrat & Professor Eloisa Arbustini


Dr Mohammed Majid Akhtar

Cardiology Specialist Registrat & Cardiomyopathy Clinical Research Fellow, UCL Institute for Cardiovascular Science

Spotting the clues For diagnosing diLated arrhythmogeNic Cardiomyopathies


Dr Richard Collis

Research Fellow in Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Bags of ectopics; a case of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy


Dr Kostas Savvatis

Consultant Cardiologist, Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases Unit, Barts Heart Centre

SCN5a cardiomyopathy: a case of twitchy DCM


Closing remarks

Professor Perry Elliott


Networking drinks reception



This meeting has been sponsored by Sanofi Genzyme who have contributed to the venue hire, catering (excluding networking reception), travel and accommodation costs for speakers and AV equipment hire. Sanofi Genzyme has had no input into the agenda, speaker selection or content of this meeting.


The educational agenda is supported by Pfizer Limited.


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This event is being organised in partnership with:


QMUL/UCL Joint Cardiovascular Institute

QMUL and UCL have established a joint Cardiovascular Institute to rise to the global challenge of cardiovascular disease. The endeavour will provide support for the UCLPartners cardiovascular Academic Medical Centre, the hub of which will be the new Barts Heart Centre. By combining joint strengths in discovery science, experimental medicine, therapeutic innovation and population health sciences, and our involvement with The Francis Crick InstituteNational Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research, the Farr Institute and Genomics England, the Institute will drive forward diagnostic and therapeutic innovation and prevention strategies to address the extensive burden of cardiovascular disease in North Central and East London. 



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When & Where

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
WC1N 1EH London
United Kingdom

Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)

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UCL Personalised Medicine Domain

The Symposium is supported by the UCL Personalised Medicine Domain, which harnesses the breadth and depth of the personalised medicine research activity taking place across UCL and its partner hospitals, supporting the delivery of innovative patient-targeted medicines and therapies.


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