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2006 Regional Conference: Field Trips

Friday, Oct. 27

Take advantage of some great up-close looks at fascinating work being done in medical research and clinical care.

There are no charges for these "mobile sessions." You are welcome and encouraged to attend all three trips. We will get you there and back - and breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

The Cleveland Clinic

Live heart surgery
Conference attendess will watch a cardiac valvuloplasty surgery, broadcast live from the operating room at Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. The program's interactive capabilities will allow attendees to ask the surgeon questions while the procedure is in progress.

Panel Discussion: The State of Cardiac Care, Trends and Implications
A panel of Cleveland Clinic heart specialists will follow, addressing everything from trends in prevention, diagnostics and heart surgery to shifts in the way we approach cardiology and heart disease today. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1995. The panel, moderated by Ivan Oransky, M.D., deputy editor, The Scientist, and AHCJ board member, will include Delos "Toby" M. Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic; Joseph Sabik, M.D., Staff, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Steven E. Nissen, M.D., Interim Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine; and A. Michael Lincoff, M.D., Director of Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center.

NASA Glenn Research Center

The Vision Research and Human Health Diagnostics Laboratory diagnoses diseases non-invasively long before the clinical symptoms appear and helps find nonsurgical countermeasures. The targeted diseases include eye disorders such as cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinopathy as well as systemic diseases such as diabetes, brain disorders (Alzheimer's), and osteoporosis. To accomplish this, the laboratory is developing and employing technologies that include:

  • Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) or Quasi-Elastic Light Scattering (QELS)
  • Autofluorescence
  • Laser-Doppler Flowmetry
  • Polarimetry
  • Oximetry
  • Tissue Capillaroscopy

The Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory serves the NASA Exercise Countermeasures Project and exercise community by developing new exercise requirements and determining the types and amounts of exercise needed for long-duration space missions. The health effects of space flight include decreases in bone and muscle mass, strength, sensory-motor function (i.e. balance), and the ability to do aerobic exercise. Exercise plays an essential role in lowering the risks from these effects.

The Glenn Reconfigurable User-interface & Virtual-reality Exploration (GRUVE) Lab is a reconfigurable, large-screen display facility designed to allow NASA researchers and engineers to explore their data and interact in a computer-generated environment. The display screens can be moved into different configurations from a single 8-foot-by-24-foot display wall to an 8-foot-by-8-foot, fully immersive virtual reality room, similar to a CAVE Automated Virtual Environment with images almost totally surrounding the users. The GRUVE Lab houses a three-screen Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment manufactured by Fakespace Systems Inc. and driven by an SGI Onyx2 graphic supercomputer. The RAVE consists of three modules, each of which has a high-resolution stereoscopic projector and an 8-foot-by-8-foot projection screen housed in a large box on air casters. One of the modules has an extra projector and retractable mirror which can be used to project an image on the floor. The screens can be reconfigured for different display modes from a large, flat wall to an wrap-around stereoscopic theater, to a fully-immersive, virtual reality "CAVE."

Case Western Reserve University

The Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art resource designed to improve patient safety and was established, in part, in response to the Institute of Medicine’s seminal report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, which drew national attention to the need for widespread systemic health care reform aimed at reducing the incidence of medical errors and improving patient safety. Medical simulation – whether through the use of standardized patients, task trainers, or computer assisted learning – provides an effective means for achieving all of the IOM’s goals associated with improving patient safety at all experience levels in the caregiver continuum. The MSSSC is one of the only centers of its kind in the world, providing multi-modality simulation experiences for caregivers and serving as a home for cutting-edge research and development and beta testing for simulation-based educational technologies.

The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine is a consortium of Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Athersys Inc. and The Ohio State University. The Center is composed of 62 investigators working at its member institutions to developing new stem cell technologies to treat disease. All research at CSCRM uses non-embryonic stem cells derived from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood (after a child is born) or other adult tissue. Non-embryonic stem cell (also called adult stem cell) research has been exceptionally strong in Ohio for the past 20 years. CSCRM has focused on bringing together academic investigators and industry partners to accelerate moving cutting-edge research into the clinic. The center has developed interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations to develop cell-based therapeutics. These approaches have led to the establishment of four companies over the past three years: Arteriocyte Inc., RegenRx Inc, Ohio BioGel and Cell Targeting Inc.