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Fourth Annual Meeting

Arterial Stiffness: If You Don’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It

September 5-6, 2014 | Chicago, IL

The Fourth Annual Meeting program continued to build on the success of last year’s meeting.  The breadth of this year’s program included presentations focusing on clinical perspectives and prognosis, impact of drugs on blood pressure and arterial hemodynamics, new devices for determining central arterial hemodynamics, lifestyle interventions, reimbursement issues, and basic and translational science.  Drs. John Cockcroft and Donald Lloyd-Jones faced off for the debate on whether arterial stiffness should or shouldn’t be a part of cardiovascular risk assessment, which was once again the highlight of the meeting.  

The Meeting also saw a significant increase in the number of abstract presentations with over 30 oral and posters presented.  Two presenters received awards from NAA; Hon Lam Choi, RDMS, CRGS from McMaster University was presented with the Early Investigator Award, and Takashi Tarumi, PhD from the University of Texas received the Best Abstract Award, which was a new award instituted by NAA this year. 

The number of exhibits featuring this year’s conference supporters increased to seven.  NAA is grateful to AtCor Medical, the Diamond Dinner Sponsor, Fukuda Denshi, a Platinum Sponsor, and to the Gold sponsors, Hitachi Aloka Medical, I.E.M. GmbH, Itamar Medical, Medical Imaging Applications, and Omron Healthcare for their support of the Annual Meeting.

Program Topics

Plenary Lectures

  • Why Should We Measure Arterial Stiffness?
  • Future Directions in Arterial Stiffness Measurement
  • AHA Arterial Stiffness Summary Statement Update

Target Organ Lectures

  • Arterial Stiffness in Vascular Dementia/Cognitive Decline
  • Arterial Stiffness and Heart Failure

Clinical/Translational Lectures

Biological Targets in Arterial Stiffness

  • Percutaneous Intervention for Hypertension? Update on Baroceptor Pacing and Renal Denervation
  • Inflammation and Calcification
  • Stiffness Treatment Target: Aldosterone (receptor antagonists, synthase inhibitors)
  • Nitrate-Nitrite-NO Pathway: An Opportunity to Enhance Arterial Hemodynamic Function

Risk Assessment and Management

  • Effect of Currently Available Drug Therapies on Aortic Stiffness
  • Designing the Arterial Stiffness Clinical Trial

Exercise and Racial Disparities

  • Destiffening the Aorta with Habitual Exercise in Aging and Hypertension: Fact or Fallacy?
  • Racial Disparities in Arterial Stiffness and Function: Potential Mechanisms​ 

Debate/Counterpoint Presentation

Arterial Stiffness SHOULD/SHOULD NOT be a Part of CVD Risk Assessment

Oral Abstract Presentations

  • Central Artery Stiffness, Baroreflex Sensitivity, and Brain White Matter Integrity in Older Adults
  • Saxagliptin Prevents Increased Coronary Arterial Stiffness and Advanced Glycation End Product Expression in a Miniature Swine Model of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
  • Cardio-Respiratory Interactions Immediately following Dynamic Leg Cycling: Influences of the Muscle Pump
  • Importance of Time Delay Estimation Methods for Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity Assessment with Phase-Contrast MRI
  • Relationship of Common Carotid Artery Perivascular Adipose Tissue, Arterial Stiffness, and Intima-Medial Thickness, in Adult Humans 
  • Resistance Exercise-Induced Increases in Carotid Artery Stiffness Do Not Affect Cerebral Blood Flow Pulsatility
Diamond Dinner Sponsor Presentation

Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity as a Potential Target for Respiratory Drug Development 

Platinum Sponsor Presentation

A Clinical and Technical Background on VaSera and the CAVI Measurement 


Christopher Broadbridge
Fukuda Denshi USA

Michael D. Brown, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago

Julio A. Chirinos, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

John Cockcroft, MD
University of Wales College of Medicine

William C. Cushman, MD
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Peter U. Feig, MD
PF Pharmaceutical Development

Stanley S. Franklin, MD
University of California, Irvine

Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Gary F. Mitchell, MD
Cardiovascular Engineering Inc.

Gary L. Pierce, PhD
University of Iowa

David B. Rubin, MD

Patrick Segers, PhD
Institute of Biomedical Technology, Ghent University

Sanjiv J. Shah, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Raymond R. Townsend, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Ronald G. Victor, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Program Committee

Bo Fernhall, PhD
Chicago, IL

Gary L. Pierce, PhD
Iowa City, IA

Industry Liaison
Peter U. Feig, MD
Guilford, CT

Tina E. Brinkley, PhD
Winston-Salem, NC

Michael D. Brown, PhD
Chicago, IL

Julio A. Chirinos, MD, PhD
Philadelphia, PA

Stella Daskalopoulou, MD, MSc, DIC, PhD
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Stanley S. Franklin, MD
Irvine, CA

Ernesto Schiffrin, MD, PhD
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Raymond R. Townsend, MD
Philadelphia, PA

Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS
Cincinnati, OH

Dean Winter, PhD
Portland, OR 

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