Professor Alexandre Mebazaa, MD, PhD: Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Saint-Louis and Lariboisiere Hospitals- Paris France
Professor Kenneth McDonald, MD: Director, Heart Failure Service St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group- Dublin, Ireland
Professor Alan S. Maisel, MD: Director, Coronary Care Unit and Heart Failure Program, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System- California, United States
Natriuretic peptides have long played a useful role in the management of heart failure patients. However, their utility with emerging heart failure therapies remains to be fully elucidated. Will this utility change? Will natriuretic peptide values show the same trends in terms of outcomes? What mechanisms underlie the interplay between natriuretic peptides and these new therapies?
Professor Alexandre Mebazaa is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Saint-Louis & Lariboisiere Hospitals in Paris. His research interests include global studies on biomarkers in acute heart failure and mechanisms of contractile impairment during acute heart failure. Prof. Mebazaa has authored and co-authored more than 200 papers and is Lead Editor of the Acute Heart Failure textbook. He acted as Chair or member of several Steering Committees including SURVIVE, COMPOSE, and TRUE-HF and is also involved in several European and global registries on circulatory failure.
Professor Kenneth McDonald is recognized globally for his expertise in cardiovascular biomarker research and clinical management in heart failure. He has carried out pioneering research in the field of heart failure, developing the St. Vincent’s Screening to Prevent Failure (STOP-HF) project, the results of which were published in JAMA. Prof McDonald is a Health Research board Clinical Scientist and has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. He continues full-time clinical commitment to the care of patients with heart failure while serving as National Director for the Heart Failure Clinical Program in Ireland and President of the Irish Cardiac Society.
Professor Alan Maisel is considered one of the world’s experts on cardiac biomarkers and has over 400 scientific publications. He has authored several ground-breaking manuscripts that have paved the way for development of diagnostics tools for patients with heart failure and the leading investigator on studies that brought the use of BNP into clinical practice. Prof. Maisel was lead investigator on seven multicenter biomarker trials, co-founded the UCSD Biomarker Research Center and just completed ten years as Associated Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He is Director of the Coronary Care Unit and Heart Failure Program at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
There have been significant advances in heart failure diagnosis, management, and treatment, but there is still a need for new tools to help optimize the management of this healthcare burden. Recently, novel biomarkers have emerged as additional tools to aid in prognosis and management of heart failure. During today's webcast, we will learn about a new and emerging biomarker called Galectin-3 and how it can be used as a management tool for heart failure patients.
After receiving a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, Dr. McCullough completed his medical degree as an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, cardiology fellowship including service as Chief Fellow at William Beaumont Hospital, and master's degree in public health at the University of Michigan. Dr. McCullough directs cardiovascular education and research for the Baylor Health Care System and is a Vice Chief of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX and is a Principal Faculty in internal medicine for the Texas A & M University Health Sciences Center. He is an internationally recognized authority on the role of chronic kidney disease as a cardiovascular risk state with over 1000 publications including the "Interface between Renal Disease and Cardiovascular Illness" in Braunwald's Heart Disease Textbook.
In 2013, he was honored with the International Vicenza Award for Critical Care Nephrology for his outstanding contribution and dedication to the emerging problem of cardiorenal syndromes. Dr. McCullough is the current Chair of the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), the nation's largest community screening effort for chronic diseases. His works have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and other top-tier journals worldwide. He is the co-editor of Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of multiple specialty journals.
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