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NextGen Cardiovascular, Muscle, & Metabolism Science Seminar - March 14

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"Are Plasma Ceramides One of the Deathly Hallows? Prediction of Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Cardiovascular Disease Mortality."

Presented by: Linda Peterson, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital


A Harry Potter-themed tour of ceramides, their structure, function and relationships to cardiovascular outcomes.

Speaker Bio

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Dr. Peterson attended Washington U. School of Medicine and trained in Medicine and Cardiology at Barnes Hospital in Saint Louis. She is the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. As such, she has helped oversee the initiation of the first-ever outpatient Pritikin-based Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program in the country and is currently studying its effects vs. traditional cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Peterson is head of the cardiopulmonary exercise testing service and attends in the echocardiography laboratory. From her clinical VO2 database, she has helped determine new cut-points for timing of transplantation for patients with heart failure (HF) in the beta-blocker era.

Dr. Peterson’s other research has focused on myocardial metabolism and its relationship to cardiac dysfunction in the absence of coronary artery disease. She has helped show how myocardial fatty acid and glucose metabolism affect cardiac efficiency, structure and function, especially in obesity, diabetes and heart failure. Her most recent studies evaluate the relationship between specific lipids – ceramides – and cardiac function and outcomes. She is also working on studies investigating whether inorganic nitrate may be a new, effective treatment for HF and on studies evaluating a novel biomarker of HF and all-cause mortality.



NextGen Cardiovascular, Muscle, & Metabolism (CMM) Science Seminar

The goal of this science seminar is to expose researchers across the University of Missouri System to current, transdisciplinary precision research taking place in the cardiovascular, muscle, and metabolism sciences, provide opportunities for collaboration to build their own research efforts, and promote clinician/researcher activity.

These seminars have two formats that interchange monthly. One will take place on the second Monday of every other month from noon to 1pm and will be offered live, in person from the NextGen building, and virtually, via zoom. The other will take place on the second Monday of every other month from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, in person, from the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. This second format will include networking time with a poster session followed by research presentations and discussion.