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Emerging Strategies to Combat Reperfusion Injury in STEMI

Friday, April 20
3:05 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Lullwater Ballroom

Rebecca D. Levit, MD

Assistant Professor
Emory University

Rebecca Levit is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Emory University. She completed her undergraduate training at Dickinson College and medical school at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study animal physiology at the University of Wollongong in Australia. After medical school, Dr. Levit completed residency, fellowship, and post-doctoral research training at Emory University. There, she spent 3 years in the lab of Dr. W. Robert Taylor, who remains a close collaborator and mentor. The Levit Lab is interested in translatable strategies to treat heart disease. Experiments have shown that supporting cells with biocompatible hydrogels, optimizes the retention of viable cells in the heart as well as their anti-inflammatory effects. In order to translate biomaterial-supported therapies into clinical use, the lab developed a minimally invasive method utilizing the pericardial space due to is its close anatomic proximity to the heart, physiologic fluid that could support transplanted cells, and non-vascular nature that limits embolic and thrombotic risk.

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