The 9th Annual Cardiovascular Research Day was held on October 14, 2021. Many of our lab members had the opportunity to present their work to members of the WUSM community at this event, and PI, Dr. Kory Lavine moderated the event’s presentations. To all who presented, great work! Check out some pictures from the event below.

Congratulations to one of our research fellows, Ben Kopecky, who won the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon on his 36th birthday!

See the full article here: https://www.adn.com/sports/2021/06/19/1400-runners-show-up-for-mayors-marathon-and-so-did-a-black-bear-that-refused-to-share-the-trail/

COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction

Dr. Kory Lavine, Dr. Michael Diamond, and Dr. Michael Greenberg discuss how COVID-19 infects the heart, killing muscle cells, and how developing models of this tissue damage may be the key to developing potential therapies. Check out the full article here: COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction – Washington University School of Medicine […]
Engineered heart tissue showing how muscle cells (red) are infected with SARS-CoV-2
A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, causing cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The image of engineered heart tissue shows human heart muscle cells (red) infected with SARS-CoV-2 (green).