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TOPIC: The Cardiovascular Implications of Narcolepsy
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Virend K. Somers, MB. ChB, D.Phil
About the Presenter:
Virend K. Somers, M.D., Ph.D., is a consultant cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and a Mayo Foundation Clinical Investigator, with joint appointments in the Division of Nephrology and Internal Medicine and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Somers also directs the Cardiovascular Facility and the Sleep Facility within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He holds the academic rank of professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and is recognized with the distinction of a named professorship, the Alice Sheets Marriott Professorship. He joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1999.
Dr. Somers earned the M.B. Ch.B. degree at the University of Natal in South Africa. He completed internships at the University of Natal and King Edward Hospital and served as registrar in anesthesiology working in general, neurosurgical, obstetric, pediatric and cardiac anesthesia at King Edward, Addington and Wentworth Hospitals. Subsequently, he received a Nuffield Dominions Scholarship to Oxford University where he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He then completed a post doc fellowship, residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Somers’ translational research focuses on the autonomic nervous system in cardiovascular regulation, with an emphasis on normal and disordered sleep. The team also studies vascular and adipocyte biology. His research utilizes an integrated physiologic approach to studying cardiovascular function relevant to sleep, obesity and cardiovascular disease. His program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Center for Research Resources; National Institute on Aging; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; the American Heart Association, NATO and the European Union; among others. Currently his program is funded by 3 RO1 grants from the NIH. He has given many international and national presentations, with more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and editorials. He has also served as associate editor, editorial board member and reviewer for the leading medical journals, and holds a number of awarded and pending patents.
He has received many honors and awards, including the Mayo Distinguished Investigator Award; the Mayo Dept of Medicine Outstanding Investigator Award; the University of Iowa Distinguished Cardiovascular Scientist Award; received the Demuth Award twice from the International Society of Hypertension; the Doctor Honoris Causa from Masaryk University; the South African Society of Sleep Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award; the American Physiologic Society Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship Award; the CHEST 2017 Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecturer in Cardiopulmonary Physiology; the AHA Council on Hypertension 2018 Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecturer Award; and was recently elected to the Association of American Physicians. He has also been awarded the 2021 University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Cardiovascular Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and received the 2022 Libensky Gold Medal at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Czech Society of Cardiology. His H-index is 107 with well over 50,000 citations.
Dr. Somers holds full faculty privileges in Neuroscience, Mayo Graduate School, mentoring many pre- and postdoc fellows and junior faculty. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Physiological Society, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, and served on the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board. He has been elected to membership of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the AAP, and the Association of University Cardiologists.
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Webinar – The Cardiovascular Implications of Narcolepsy
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