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10th Annual Surgery, Intervention and Engineering Symposium features expert in AI-powered computational cardiology

Natalia Trayanova

Join the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. CT for its 10th annual Surgery, Intervention and Engineering Symposium. The event will feature a keynote lecture by Natalia Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Trayanova will speak about her work in developing personalized imaging-based heart “digital twins,” which digitally replicate the electrical functions of a patient’s heart. The heart digital twins are models based on heart scans and clinical data; they are used to simulate the individual patient’s irregular heart rhythm—a major cause of patient morbidity and mortality. The tool assesses patients’ risk of sudden cardiac death so that a precise decision can be made regarding the benefit-vs.-complications of implanting a defibrillator device.

Trayanova directs the Alliance for Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Innovation, a research institute aimed at applying predictive data-driven approaches, computational modeling and innovations in cardiac imaging to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She also directs the Computational Cardiology Laboratory.

Participants attending the symposium will also have the opportunity for a general poster viewing and virtual panel discussions in the new Virtual VISE, a virtual replica of the brick-and-mortar institute on Vanderbilt’s campus.

The virtual VISE space is a scaled rendering of the building.