The Early Career Voice is a blog written by Early Career Professionals for Early Career Professionals across the globe. Our Early Career Captains will describe their thoughts and experiences as they explore the sessions, the science, and other behind-the-scenes details about Scientific Sessions 2013. Want to know more? Join the conversation and connect with EC members!

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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Apr 2, 2014 11:12 AM CDT
What a great meeting! What was your favorite type of session? Personnaly, I really liked the "Ask The Experts" format, and particularly the one from yesterday (Tuesday, November 19), "ATE.702-Are Cholesterol-Loaded Macrophages Proinflammatory?". It was great to hear short, but very innovative and meaningful talks. By attending those 10 to 15 minutes talks, showing both a concise summary of the litterature on the field, and new unpublished data, the audience had the possibility to really assess the scientists' creativity and opinion, since the format was also allowing the presenters to promote a "mini debate" on the question. It was interesting to be able to hear, in a very active and diplomatic manner, the different points of view of the experts in the field, ponctuated by strong data and solid arguments. We need more of those short, "punchy" talks!

"Bravo" to the speakers!

See you in Toronto!

Posted by Catherine Martel on Nov 20, 2013 11:48 AM CST
As some of you may be heading out today, remember the following:
  1. Send a ‘Thank You’ email to senior scientists, potential mentors, and even general colleagues whom you have formally (or informally) met and discussed your research or have obtained valuable advice about your career.  The conversation does not have to stay at the conference.
  2. Become a member of AHA (if you’re not already)
  3. Consider volunteering.  This will not only provide you with better insight into the procedures that go into putting together the conferences, and provide you an opportunity to have a closer access to the leaders in your research area.  It’s also a way to give back to AHA!
  4. Grab your free CD of the conference abstracts (Booth #2033)
Hopefully your experience at the AHA Conference in Dallas has been one of productivity and enjoyment meeting colleagues.  For those heading to AHA in March, see you then!
Posted by Rosemay Remigio-Baker on Nov 19, 2013 1:13 PM CST
As I sat in the Diabetes Committee meeting, I looked around and realized how fortunate I was to be a part of such a dynamic group.   It took me about a year to absorb the multitude of tasks that the committee prepares for the upcoming sessions.  There is so much ‘behind the scenes’ development, the extent of which I would have never known had I not been a part of this group. In addition to this preparation, constant new knowledge must be spread, so there’s always several papers and ideas afloat eager to be drafted and published.  It always amazes me to see how the passion for heart disease research never dwindles through subsequent meetings with this group.  In the discussions, you can feel the drive that these leaders have, both inspiring and contagious.  With this experience, I have gained a greater appreciation for each AHA conference and urge other early career investigators to volunteer for a committee.  I guarantee that you will have a better understanding of the process (and the diligence) that goes through planning the sessions, as well as how ideas evolve through dynamic discussions. What an incredible experience to witness such well-tuned machine that is the AHA Diabetes Committee!
Posted by Rosemay Remigio-Baker on Nov 18, 2013 11:54 PM CST
Did you have the opportunity to attend the ATVB Women's leadership luncheon today? As expected, it was great! To get to discuss, one-on-one (or in small groups), with senior -- World-renowned-- scientists, is something that every "early career" scientist should experience. My only "major" concern (or maybe it's because I'm too talkative?!?!): it was too short!!! I didn't get the opportunity to chat with all of the amazing scientists that were attentending the event to share their knowledge. I'm looking forward to continue the discussions at the ATVB Early Career Networking Reception tomorrow! (Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Hyatt Regency)
Posted by Catherine Martel on Nov 18, 2013 7:15 PM CST
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”  It was over 2,000 years ago that Plato recognized the value of physical activity for maintaining health and preventing disease.  Despite the well-recognized benefits of regular physical activity, the growing prevalence of physical inactivity is increasingly being recognized as a pandemic.
As early career investigators and as members of AHA, it is our responsibility to identify and respond to national and global challenges in the fight against heart disease and stroke.  The consequences of physical inactivity are staggering.  The World Health Organization recognizes physical inactivity as the fourth leading cause of global mortality, accounting for 3.2 million deaths annually. 
Support AHA’s message that “all hearts need exercise” by wearing your sneakers to the Scientific Sessions on Tuesday, November 19th.   And, don’t miss the remaining sessions highlighted by the Global Congress on Physical Activity to learn more about physical activity and its importance in health and disease.
Posted by Catherine Mikus on Nov 18, 2013 6:36 PM CST
Sunday November 17 was the third annual ATVB Early Career Investigator Awards Competition.  It was extraordinarily well attended and we witnessed some great talks by our nominees.  Ali Keramati gave a great talk on the involvement of Dyrk1B as a predictor of obesity and atherosclerosis.  This was followed by a presentation on the role of p90RSK activation, endothelial dysfunction, and atherosclerosis via SENP2 by Kyungsun Heo.  Unfortunately, the IT department experienced some technical difficulties at the end of the presentations, but our competitors kept calm and cool and our audience was resilient.  The last two presentors, Tomoyuki Honjo and Soochong Kim gave excellent presentations on the modulation of Th17 in abdominal aortic aneurysm and the role of RhoG regulation of GPVI in platelet activation and thrombus formation, respectively.  Together, it was a great serious of presentations and we thank our presentors for doing the ATVB committee proud.  Don't forget that they will be recieving their awards at the Annual Awardes and Business Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday November 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Reunion room A.  A box lunch will be provided.  We hope to see all of our ATVB early career members and ATVB committee members there to support our awardees.
Posted by A Phillip Owens on Nov 18, 2013 4:14 PM CST
POSTER SESSION:  Sunday was filled with amazing morning and afternoon poster presentations that will continue through Wednesday.  If you have not done so, come and talk with your colleagues about their area of research, plug in yours, if appropriate, and make connections.  You may find a new collaborator or two. 
TIP:  There are so many interesting research here at AHA that it’s difficult to visit them all.  Be efficient with your time.  Remember to browse through the program, circle topics that spark your curiosity the most, write the poster number down and order them.  Basic?  Yes!  … but effective…  
REMINDER:  Remember to show your support for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women, WEAR RED, MONDAY, Nov. 18!
Posted by Rosemay Remigio-Baker on Nov 17, 2013 10:56 PM CST
Rosemay is right: the "Early Career seminars" (Sunday) were great! Often brought with humor, but also realism, the talks were very informative for new PIs. Sure, becoming a new PI can certainly look scary... but what a great challenge! It was also great to get to talk "more freely" with the speakers at the "Networking Session". My personal take-home message from yesterday: To be a new PI, you need to be extremely determined, and work HARD!

The meeting is just getting started: don't be timid! Overcome your fear, and talk to people! Network network network! Learn from others, from their experience as scientists AND mentors.

Posted by Catherine Martel on Nov 17, 2013 4:54 PM CST
Sunday is the major "kickoff" day for Scientific Sessions, and the challenge of time management begins.  While you always need to carefully peruse the scientific program for sessions that are relevant to your area of research, there should be three key "to do" events on your docket for today:
1) carefully look over the poster sessions--this year there is a reduction in the amount of concomitant programming, addition of "poster professors", and increase in the total number of posters, all of which will make the poster area a terrific opportunity to see great science and network with your colleagues
2) make sure to attend the ATVB Early Career Competition at 3:45 in room C140--attendance at this competition continues to grow, so make sure you get there early to see great presentations by outstanding young investigators in our council!

3) don’t be a stranger!  Introduce yourself to the ATVB Leadership, and if you are interested in serving on a committee, express your specific interests to myself or others.  We are always looking for motivated people to get involved, make a difference, and further the mission of AHA.   

Jordan D. Miller, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic 
Department of Surgery
Department of Physiology &
Biomedical Engineering
Posted by Jordan Miller on Nov 17, 2013 9:40 AM CST
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I think there are two great points in Phil’s post: 1) the funding levels at NIH are exceedingly low, and 2) there are nu...
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