Postponed until September 2021

Wednesday, September 23

Welcome Reception

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Lexington

Thursday, September 24

FLC Day 1 | Hyatt Regency Lexington

Thoroughbred 1-3

8:30 am - Check-in / Continental Breakfast



9:30 am - Opening Comments

Scott Gordon (University of Kentucky)

Session I: Hepatic, Intestinal, and Peripheral Lipid Metabolism
Chair: Mahmood Hussain (New York University)


9:45    John Rawls (Duke University)

  • Microbial Regulation of Intestinal Epithelial Lipid Metabolism

10:05  Saskia Neher (University of North Carolina)

  • A New Twist on Lipoprotein Lipase Trafficking

10:25  John Stafford (Vanderbilt University)

  • Liver Estrogen Signaling and Prevention of Fatty Liver, Dyslipidemia, and Atherosclerosis

10:45  Selected Abstract

11:05  Selected Abstract

11:25 am - Break

Session II: Bioinformatics in Metabolic and CVD Research

Chair: Jake Lusis (UCLA)


11:40  Casey Romanoski (University of Arizona)

  •  How do Genetic Differences Influence the Properties of Endothelial Cells?

12:00  Johan Bjorkegren (Icahn School of Medicine)

  • A Systems Network Approach Reveals Major Adipose-to-liver Endocrine Signaling in Cardiometabolic Disease

12:20  Marcus Seldin (UC Irvine)

  • Systems Genetics Approaches to Investigate Inter-tissue Communication Uncovers Adipose Tissue Remodeling as a Driver of Cardiac Metabolism through ITIH5

12:40 pm - Break

Session III: Lipids and Lipoproteins in Inflammation

Chair: Alison Kohan (University of Pittsburgh)


2:00    TBD

2:20    Colin Flaveny (St. Louis University)

  • Stimulating Anti-tumor Immune Activity through Modulation of the Liver-X-Receptor

2:40    Catherine Martel (Université de Montréal)

  •  TBD

3:00    Rotonya Carr (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Perilipin Proteins and Fatty Liver Diseases

3:20    Selected Abstract


3:40 pm– Break


4:00 – Rudel Trainee Lecture

Selected Abstracts


4:30 - Keynote Speaker: Mahmood Hussain (New York University)

  • Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein: Control of Plasma and Tissue Lipids, Structure Function Analysis and Adipose-Specific Role


6:30 pm– Depart Hotel for Kentucky Castle


7:00 pm – Dinner and Bourbon Experience at The Kentucky Castle

Friday, September 25
FLC Day 2 | University of Kentucky Cardiovascular Research Day 

Bill Gatton Student Center


8:00 – 9:00 am
Bus transportation from Hyatt Regency to Gatton Student Center


8:30 am

Guest Check–In Begins | Continental Breakfast | Registration Desk


Morning Session | Worsham Theater

9:00 am - Welcoming Comments

Alan Daugherty, PhD, DSc

Director, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center


9:05 am - Trainee Presentations I

Selected from abstracts submitted by August 31


9:30 am - Faculty Presentation

Selected by Saha Cardiovascular Research Center Faculty


10:00 am - BREAK


10:15 am - Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Outstanding Contributions to Cardiovascular Research Award

Selected by Gill Award Committee


11:00 am - 90 Second Poster Pitches


11:15 am - Poster Session I

Odd numbered posters presented and judged


Lunch Session | Grand Ballrooms


12:00 pm - LUNCH


12:30 pm - Lunch Speaker



1:30 pm – BREAK

Afternoon Session | Worsham Theater


1:45 pm - 90 Second Poster Pitches


2:00 pm - Poster Session II

Even numbered posters presented and judged


2:45 pm - Trainee Presentations II

Selected from abstracts submitted by August 31


3:15 pm - Distinguished Alumni Speaker

  • Healthcare Transformation and the Need for More Unreasonable Clinician-Researchers

Steven R. Steinhubl, MD

Director, Digital Medicine

Associate Professor of Genomic Research

Scripps Research Translational Institute


3:45 pm - BREAK


4:00 pm - Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Translational Early Career Award

Selected by Gill Award Committee

4:45 pm - Networking Session | Grand Ballrooms


5:30 pm - Dinner & Awards | Grand Ballrooms

Saturday, September 26

FLC Day 3 | Hyatt Regency Downtown Lexington

Thoroughbred 1-3


8:30 am – Virgil Brown Lecture

Ruth McPherson (University of Ottawa Heart Institute)

  • GWAS for CAD:  From Locus to Function


Session V: Genetics of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease
Chair: Ruth McPherson (University of Ottawa Heart Institute)


9:15    Robert Bauer (Columbia University)

  • Trouble with Tribbles: Functional Validation of Lipid GWAS Loci

9:35    Ron Do (Icahn School of Medicine)

  • Genotype-first Approaches for Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease

10:15  William Lagor (Baylor College of Medicine)

  • Correction of Lipid Disorders with Liver-directed Genome Editing

10:35  Liam Brunham (University of British Columbia)

  • Role of HDL in Sepsis and Infection

10:55  Selected Abstract


11:15 am– Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourned

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