Miami Heart Day Symposium at FIU

Annual Heart Day Symposium

With generous support from the Department of Biomedical Engineering W. H. Coulter Lecture Series at FIU, we established the Miami Heart Month to coincide with the American Heart Month recognized nationally by the AHA, CDC, and NHLBI. For three consecutive Fridays in February, we invite renowned investigators to Miami for a series of seminars focused on cardiovascular research. The goal of the Heart Day Symposium is to gather cardiovascular researchers from across South Florida to learn from each other and discuss current research and lingering challenges in cardiovascular medicine.



Florida International University
MMC (Main) Campus
Graham Center Ballrooms
11200 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33199


8:00 am8:45 am Breakfast and Poster Setup

8:45 am9:00 am Dr. Joshua Hutcheson, Assistant Professor, CURE program director, and co-host of FIU Heart Day/Heart Month. Welcome Remarks from Dr. Jorge Riera, Interim Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Seminar speaker welcome introduction by Dr. Darryl Dickerson, Assistant Professor for the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and co-host of FIU Heart Day/Heart Month.

9:00 am10:00 am Keynote Lecture by Dr. Christopher Chen, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University

9:00 am4:00 pm Donate blood at the ONE BLOOD TRUCK, Everglades Hall MPR141, lawn area

10:15 am – 12:00 pm Networking and poster symposium featuring trainees and cardiovascular research and medicine

12:00 pm1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm3:00 pm Community Engagement Session with exhibits by FIU researchers, clinicians and symposium sponsors

2:30 pm – Coffee Break

3:00 pm4:00 pm Panel discussion on cardiovascular research and health

4:00 pm – Concluding Remarks


Made possible by the FIU BME
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Lecture Series

Participants & Supporters

        FIU Marc UStar      Double Tree by Hilton


Undergraduate Senior Design Project Expo

Christopher Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher Chen” width=Christopher Chen, M.D., Ph.D., is the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, Founding Director of the Biological Design Center, and member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He also serves as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in Cellular Metamaterials and Co-PI of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Engineering Mechanobiology. Dr. Chen has been an instrumental figure in the development of engineered cellular microenvironments to understand and control how cells build tissues. He has served, or is currently serving, as a member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of 1000, the Defense Sciences Study Group, and on numerous advisory boards and councils. He received his A.B. in Biochemistry from Harvard, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-M.I.T. Health Sciences and Technology Program, and M.D. from the Harvard Medical School.


Past Miami Heart Day Symposium Programs