As HRS embraces the opportunity to adjust this year's annual meeting format for an improved attendee experience, we are pleased to announce new Daily Plenary sessions. This shift from a single opening plenary affords attendees the chance to hear from three innovative and inspiring individuals who are making significant impacts in today's world.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 8:00 AM ET
In 2020, as the world battled a global pandemic, we saw unprecedented questioning and, at times, outright denial of science due to the disruption of economic systems and challenging long-held beliefs. Caulfield's plenary will focus on the continued importance of focusing on advancing and sharing science in healthcare with an increasingly skeptical and misinformed public.
About Timothy: Timothy Caulfield is a Canadian professor of law at the University of Alberta, the Research Director of its Health Law Institute, and current Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. He is the host of the Netflix Series The User's Guide to Cheating Death, which examines medical pseudoscience and he is the author of several books, including Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything, focusing on the negative impact celebrity endorsement has on public health.
Caulfield has published numerous articles in academic journals and popular media on topics related to ethics and the effect of media hype on medical research. He is the editor for the Health Law Journal and Health Law Review. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is a member of the Task Force on Ethics Reform at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc
The Team Matters
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 8:00 AM ET
Interdependence within the global EP community has become increasingly important for advancing the field and improving heart rhythm patient care. To cultivate innovation, efficiency, and improved outcomes, we must strive to learn from a diverse set of perspectives and collaborate with a broader spectrum of professionals and partners. In his plenary, Dr. Yancy will focus on the importance of a healthcare team with a diverse set of skills, experience, and cultural backgrounds to provide better patient care and outcomes, as well as solutions for the disparity of care in marginalized communities and lack of diversity in the field of electrophysiology.
About Dr. Yancy: Dr. Yancy is an HRS member, Past President of the American Heart Association, and Tulane University School of Medicine graduate. He began his career at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has served as the medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Yancy was appointed Magerstadt Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2011.
Dr. Yancy has extensively studied disparities in cardiovascular disease and seeks to address healthcare disparities by "interjecting compassion, civility, and concern for all communities and not allowing some communities to remain marginalized." Most recently, Dr. Yancy has worked with Dr. Robert Bonow to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on people with cardiovascular conditions and potential heart abnormalities in recovered patients.
Friday, July 30, 2021 | 8:00 AM ET
The world faced never-before-seen adversity in 2020. However, the global EP community continues to demonstrate unwavering dedication and the ability to overcome challenges, all with the ultimate goal to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders. In her plenary keynote, Cox will focus on the obstacles she has faced and overcame to achieve her goals and the impact she is now able to make in exploring the universe. She will share principles of her approach to her career and work and the importance of remaining determined and focused in the face of challenges.
About Nagin: As a spacecraft operations engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox serves as the deputy team chief of engineering operations for the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover. She has also served on other robotic missions including the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the Mars Spirit and Opportunity Rovers, the Kepler Exoplanet Hunter, the InSight Mission to Mars, and the Mars Curiosity Rover. As a Cornell graduate and U.S. Air Force Officer, Cox has worked in F-16 Aircrew Training and received a master's degree in Space Operations Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She has also served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs.
Cox is passionate about increasing diversity within sciences, engineering, and space exploration. She is an invited speaker traveling the world talking about her career and inspiring young women from unprivileged communities to enter the sciences and engineering.