Welcome back to our revamped “Heart to Heart” newsletter.
Heart to Heart will be published twice a year with the aim being to keep you updated on all that is happening in research and training at The Baird Institute.
2017 has been a big year! In May, we released our first biennial report, The Baird Report. If you didn’t receive a copy and would like one, please contact us and we will happily mail it to you. You can also download a copy here.
Dr Michael Seco, the recipient of The Baird Institute’s Edwards Lifesciences Scholarship, completed his PhD and you can read more about this in our newsletter. We have seen the continuation of the Robotics Program and the establishment of The Surgical and Robotics Training Institute, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, of which Professor Bannon is the director.
A landmark study, led by Professor Michael Vallely involving 37,720 patients, demonstrated that a newer “no-touch” beating heart bypass surgery technique (anOPCABG) reduced postoperative stroke by 78% compared to traditional coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The results were published in the February edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), considered to be the pre-eminent Cardiology journal in the world.
Finally, our surgeons have been involved in the publication of over 50 academic journal articles this year; you will find a research update with an outline of some of our more important publications later in the newsletter.
To all our donors, thank you – the work of The Baird Institute is only possible due to you and we appreciate and value your continuing trust and support. On behalf of the team at The Baird Institute, I would like to extend to you and all your families, best wishes for the holiday season and for a very healthy and happy 2018.
Engagement Manger, The Baird Institute