July 20, 2007

SDSU Symposium Explored Links Between Heart Disease and Viruses

By Roberta Gottlieb, M.D.

Symposium speakers
Symposium speakers included, from left, Ann Progulske-Fox, Gerald Byrne, Roberta Gottlieb, Stanley Maloy, David Engman and Kirk Knowlton

The San Diego State University BioScience Center hosted a symposium exploring the links between heart disease and viruses on Friday, July 20, 2007.


"This event was a great opportunity to explore this new area of study in heart disease," said Stanley Maloy, dean of the College of Sciences and former president of the American Society for Microbiology.


"The SDSU BioScience Center is dedicated to studying the connections between infection, inflammation and heart disease, and we expect that this research will lead to new therapies and treatments for this prevalent disease."


The daylong event, held in the 500-seat auditorium in the Arts and Letters building, featured presentations from well-known experts specializing in cardiology or microbiology, including:



The event was free and open to the public. The symposium was the first American Medical Association continuing education credited event to be hosted by the College of Sciences.


Symposium sponsors included: Alan and Debbie Gold, of BioMed Realty; Fred Muto, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP; Scott Pancoast, Lpath Therapeutics Inc.; Steve Mento, Conatus Pharmaceuticals; and the American Heart Association Western Regional Affiliate.