Sarver Heart Center Grand Rounds - Steven M. Gootter Foundation Visiting Professor
Topic: Genetics of Cardiomyopathy: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Speaker: Christine Seidman, MD, the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Christine Seidman, MD, is the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was an undergraduate at Harvard College and received a medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After clinical training in Internal Medicine at John Hopkins Hospital she received subspecialty training in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Seidman is a faculty member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she served as director of the Brigham Biomedical Research Institute. She is also the founding director of the BWH Cardiovascular Genetics Center.
Dr. Seidman’s laboratory uses genomic strategies to define causes of human cardiovascular disease, including congenital heart malformations and cardiomyopathies. By exploiting model systems to identify pathways impacted by mutations, these studies have enabled gene-based diagnostics and novel strategies to limit the deleterious consequences of human mutations. Dr. Seidman also leads multi-institution consortium that assess rare and common variants involved in cardiovascular phenotypes and that explore the clinical utility of genomic variation in early diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
The recipient of many honors, Dr. Seidman is a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the Institutes of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.