November 23, 2007

SDSU BioScience Center Investigators in Action at the American Heart Association

By Roberta Gottlieb, M.D.

Dr. Roberta A. Gottlieb
Dr. Roberta A. Gottlieb

At the recent American Heart Association meeting held in Orlando FL, in November 4-7, 2007, BioScience Center investigators presented their latest.


Dr. Roberta A. Gottlieb presented her work on autophagy in the heart, showing that upregulation of autophagy is cardioprotective in the setting of ischemia/reperfusion (heart attack).


Dr. Gustafsson presented her work showing that Bnip3, a pro-apoptotic member of the Bcl-2 family, is an important mediator of cardiac injury.


Dr. Asa Gustafsson
Dr. Åsa Gustafsson


Last year, Dr. Gustafsson was awarded the Young Investigator Prize by the International Society for Heart Research for her work on Bnip3. In this meeting, she presented new findings mapping the key regulatory domains of Bnip3.


Dr. Mark Sussman, who is affiliated with the BSC, was recognized by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, for his exciting work on Akt and on cardiac stem cells. He is the newly-elected vice chair of the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council of the American Heart Association. Dr. Gottlieb serves as the vice chair of the Research Committee of the Western Regional Affiliate of the American Heart Association.