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The Heart-Brain Axis & The Emerging Field of NeuroCardiology with Dr. Issam Moussa

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Beckman Administration
Location
Beckman 3269
Date
Feb 22, 2019   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Issam Moussa, Beckman Institute Clinical Affiliate
Contact
Stacy Olson
E-Mail
srolson@illinois.edu
Phone
+1 217 244 8373
Views
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Originating Calendar
Beckman Main Calendar

What is the Heart-Brain Axis? Why do we need to know more? How do we close the current knowledge gaps and embark on a discovery plan?

 

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates all the critical physiological functions of the heart (chronotropy, dromotropy, inotropy, and lusitropy). This system is composed of central components, intrathoracic components, and intracardiac components. While the central and intrathoracic ANS has been well defined the “heart’s little brain” remains a subject of intense investigation.

 

The aim of the field of neurocardiology is to develop tools to characterize the structure and function of the human neuro-cardiac nervous system (NCNS) in health and disease. This would enable us to identify new therapuetic targets to address therapeutic gaps in the treatment of the most common cardiac and vascular diseases.

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