Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Opportunities to meet with Visiting Professor Larry Appel

Dear Vermont Vascular Medicine Group,
We are working on organizing plans for an upcoming cardiovascular Research Institute Visiting Professor, Dr. Larry Appel, who will give Medicine Grand Rounds Feb 5 at 8 am. Please mark your calendar on this as it will be a great talk!

Speaker:              Larry Appel MD, MPH

Grand Rounds: Translating Effective Lifestyle Interventions into Practice:  Lessons from the Hopkins-Healthways Collaboration  

Bio:                        Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health (Human Nutrition), Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Dr. Appel is current chair of the AHA Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. He is an expert in design and interpretation of epidemiological, clinical and translational research studies

He has conducted clinical research with a particular focus on preventing blood pressure-related cardiovascular and kidney diseases. He has three active lines of research: (1) controlled feeding studies, (2) behavioral intervention trials, that test novel strategies to accomplish lifestyle changes, often related to obesity, and (3) cohort studies and trials related to chronic kidney disease and its consequences. A particularly notable feature of his research is the focus on conditions and diseases that disproportionately afflict minorities and on interventions that have the potential to substantially reduce racial disparities

Dr. Appel is a wonderful person and outstanding scientist and we are very fortunate to have him come to campus. The CVRI Early Career Advisory Committee, Dr. Jon Halevy and myself will be working on planning events around the visit that I hope people will be interested in, some for which we are looking for participants, so I ask you to review this and respond as indicated:

1.       Research in Progress Session:  this will take place at time TBN on Feb 5 (likely noon with lunch). We are looking for early career level volunteers who would like to give informal presentation of a project they are working on.  Early career = trainee at any level + assistant professors. We would only ask that you bring several copies of a 0.5-1 page (no longer) summary of the work (could be a meeting abstract) and present for several minutes on it. You might think in advance of elements of the project where you need advice. This will be followed by Q+A and discussion of the group. Please email Rebecca Aksdal and myself (; if you would like to present or just be present in the audience.
2.       One on One Meetings. Anyone interested in meeting with Dr. Appel should email me by Jan 14 to indicate this.

Best to all,
Mary Cushman

Mary Cushman, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Director, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

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