Conference – Speakers


The following speakers have been confirmed. Each of them will give an exciting talk on the most pressing issues in cardiovascular research.

Prof. Alan Dardik

Dr. Alan Dardik is a surgeon-scientist who uses the power of molecular biology to achieve a modern understanding of vascular disease, using the basic science laboratory to ultimately benefit patients with vascular disease.
Dr. Dardik trained at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital before his appointment to the Yale faculty in 2001. Dr. Dardik focuses his clinical practice on teaching at the VA Connecticut, where he was formerly the Chief of the Vascular Surgery section for 8 years.  Dr. Dardik has won the C. Elton Cahow Award for Outstanding Faculty Teaching from Yale’s Department of Surgery and the Faculty Teaching Award from St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Dardik is also a Vice-Chairman of Yale’s Department of Surgery where he is charged with Faculty Affairs.

The Dardik laboratory studies the healing and function of blood vessels, fistulae and vessel patches that are used in patients having vascular surgery.  The laboratory is trying to understand the fundamental molecular mechanisms by which vein graft adaptation and arteriovenous fistula maturation result in positive remodeling and successful adaptation to the arterial environment, yet often proceed, in the long-term, to neointimal hyperplasia and failure. The laboratory is funded from the NIH and the VA.

More information on his education, research interests, publications and more can be found in his Yale University Profile.

Prof. Blanca Rodríguez

Prof. Blanca Rodríguez was born in Valencia, Spain, where she attended the Lycee Francais de Valencia, and graduated as an Electronics Engineer from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, in 1997. She then started a PhD in the Integrated Laboratory of Bioengineering supervised by Prof. Chema Ferrero and at the same time became an Assistant Professor in Electronics and Biomedical Instrumentation at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. During her PhD studies, she investigated the causes of extracellular potassium accumulation during acute ischaemia using a mathematical model of single cell action potential. After graduating in 2001, she joined Prof. Natalia Trayanova’s group at Tulane University in New Orleans (now at Johns Hopkins University), as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research focused on the mechanisms of cardiac vulnerability to electric shocks in normal and globally ischemic hearts. In 2004, she won the First Prize in the Young Investigator Award Competition in Basic Science of the Heart Rhythm Society. After spending two years in New Orleans, she joined Oxford University in August 2004, as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. David Gavaghan, funded by the Integrative Biology Project. From 2007 to 2013, Blanca Rodriguez held a Medical Research Council Career Development fellowship and she has also been awarded funding by European Comission, Royal Society, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, BHF and Leverhulme Trust. She is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic biomedical Science and Professor of Computational Medicine.

Her research interest is in the investigation of causes and modulators of variability in the response of the heart to disease and therapies.

More information on her research interests, publications and more can be found in her Oxford University profile.

Prof. Rod Hose

Professor Rod Hose graduated in Mathematics from the University of Manchester. Afterwards, he joined Lucas Aerospace as a graduate apprentice engineer. From 1977-1992 he worked as a stress engineer and as a consultant structural analyst for several companies in the aerospace, motor vehicle and general engineering sectors. During this period he also completed his PhD in Applied Mechanics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He joined academia in 1992 as a lecturer in Aircraft Structures at the University of Salford, then moved to Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield in 1994, where he was initially responsible for the development of undergraduate teaching in medical physics and had a primary research interest in the computational analysis of heart valve prostheses.

He is currently Professor of Computational Biomechanics in the Medical Physics Group in the Department of Cardiovascular Science. His research interests are in the development of methods and workflows for the computational analysis of (primarily) cardiovascular systems, and in their translation to clinical application. He is interested in all aspects of the process, from clinical data collection and management through image processing to the building of detailed three dimensional models of the vasculature and on to determination of appropriate boundary conditions, numerical solution and data reduction. He has been intimately involved in the development of the European Commission´s Virtual Physiological Human initiative from its beginning.

Further information about Prof. Hose can be found via the University of Sheffield.

Miss Janice Tsui M.D.

Miss Tsui is a vascular surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. She is a UCL senior lecturer and her research focusses on peripheral arterial disease and diabetic foot ulceration. She qualified from Cambridge University and trained in the North East Thames region.  Janice has been working side-by-side with Engineers for many years and is the clinical lead of the ‘Vascular Engineering Flagship’ of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering at UCL.

More information about her career and publications can be found via the Royal Free Hospital.

More to be announced!