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May 14, 2021

Call for ABC Members Presenting at ACC.21
American College of Cardiology's 70th Annual Scientific Session
All Virtual Experience
May 15-17

Please let us know if you are chairing and/or moderating a session, serving on a panel, speaking during the conference or presenting a poster or paper. ABC will publicize this information. Click here to complete the form with your info no later than Friday, May 15.

News From Medscape
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ACC 2021 Less Care for Young Women With Chest Pain in the Emergency Room?
Younger women with chest pain were less likely than similar younger men to be triaged as urgent, get an ECG test, be seen by a consultant, or be admitted, in a study of US emergency rooms.
ECO 2021 Vegetarians Have Better Cholesterol Levels, and More, Than Meat-Eaters
People who follow a long-term vegetarian diet have better levels of a number of cardiovascular biomarkers than meat-eaters, with the greatest benefit seen in total and LDL cholesterol.
ACC 2021 Hypertension Worsened by Commonly Used Prescription Meds
Nearly one out of five American adults with hypertension is on a prescription drug known to raise blood pressure, based on NHANES data.
Heart Retrieval Technique May Boost Organs for Transplant by 20%
Pilot data on eight heart transplants using cardiopulmonary bypass for immediate regional reperfusion and cardiac unloading show the approach is feasible; if confirmed, it could increase the organ pool by 20%.
Could Combos Replace Basal-Bolus Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes?
Switching patients from multiple daily insulin injections to basal insulin plus either a GLP-1 agonist or an SGLT2 inhibitor produced similar glucose control, with fewer injections and less hypoglycemia.

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Items of Interest

PODCAST | Black Maternal Mortality and Rethinking Hesitancy
Rachel M. Bond, MD, of the Association of Black Cardiologists, discusses the Black maternal mortality crisis in the USA, and Mishal Khan talks about reframing use of the word "hesitancy" when talking about vaccine uptake in minority groups.
PODCAST | Pay Attention to the Structural Barriers That Contribute to Clinical Inequity
Karol Watson, MD, of UCLA offers her observations on what she’s observed as a cardiologist trying to deal with treatment plans for patients who’ve lost their health insurance or have had to go to a plan that doesn’t cover what’s needed.

Call for Abstracts
2022 Dr. Jay Brown
Best Abstract Competition

Deadline to submit: January 14, 2022
Go to for more information


Featured Articles by Members
ABC Members: We welcome your published research submissions and articles for inclusion in future issues of Clinical Updates and Insights. Email and please attach file or include links to the original published work and/or abstract.

Partnering with Barbershops and Salons to Engage Vulnerable Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Co-authored by Norissa Haynes (with Krystal Hill and Florence Momplaisir)
This study conveys the story of the health and economic challenges faced by a coalition of barbershops and salons in West Philadelphia. It is grounded in city and national data that illustrate the widening racial and class disparities during COVID-19. Ultimately, it is a story of resilience that outlines a budding partnership between barbershop and salon owners, their community and medical providers.
Chronic Stress-Related Neural Activity Associates With Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in a Community-Based Cohort
Co-authored by Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley and Anne E. Sumner (with Amit K. Dey, Joshua P. Rivers, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Marcus R. Andrews, Joniqua N. Ceasar, Sophie E. Claudel, Valerie M. Mitchell, Colby Ayers, Kosuke Tamura, et al.)
Psychosocial stress correlates with cardiovascular (CV) events; however, associations between physiologic measures of stressors and CVD remain incompletely understood, especially in racial/ethnic minority populations in resource-limited neighborhoods. This study examines associations between chronic stress-related neural activity, measured by amygdalar 18Fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG) uptake, and aortic vascular FDG uptake (arterial inflammation measure) in a community-based cohort.


Breakthrough Fellowship Program

Pfizer has launched its first-ever Breakthrough Fellowship Program (BFP), which is designed to help the company create a diverse talent pipeline. We are committed to creating an environment where every colleague is seen, heard, and cared for, and we aim to ensure that our workforce and business model reflect the diversity of our patients and the communities we serve.

The BFP is a nine-year commitment to increase minority representation at Pfizer and is open to students from underrepresented backgrounds. Through this first-of-its-kind program, we will work to advance undergraduate students/fellows of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American descent - a population that remains underrepresented at leadership levels - on an annual basis with a target of reaching 100 fellows by 2025.


Science Rotational Program

Pfizer is excited to announce a new Breakthrough R&D Rotational Program! This two-year immersive training and skills development program offers recent college graduates — particularly underrepresented minorities, such as Black and Latinx graduates — the opportunity to gain experience and insight into drug discovery and development and help set them on the path to a pharmaceutical career.

Participants will rotate through three or four unique job assignments across GPD (Global Product Development) and WRDM (Worldwide Research Development & Medical), each lasting 6- to 8-months, in diverse R&D disciplines. Each rotation will involve meaningful assignments and projects, mentorship and coaching, and collaborative interactions to help participants develop business acumen and technical expertise.


ACC Seeking Dynamic, Innovative Candidates for
Editor-in-Chief of New JACC: Advances Journal

The ACC is seeking dynamic and innovative candidates for the position of editor-in-chief of JACC: Advances, the newest addition to the JACC family of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals. Launching in 2022, the new, open access, general cardiology journal will be the premier source of original research and review articles aimed at advancing new and emerging areas of cardiovascular care, including congenital heart disease, pediatric cardiology, critical care cardiology, geriatrics and cerebrovascular disease.

The editor-in-chief will serve a five-year term and be responsible for identifying and leading a diverse editorial board with a shared commitment to advancing the latest research and best practices in some of the fastest growing areas of cardiovascular care. Applications are due on or before May 15.


ACC and AHA Seek Comments on Race and
Ethnic Categorization in CV Clinical Research

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) are seeking comments on a draft of the 2021 AHA/ACC Key Terms and Definitions for Race and Ethnic Categorization in Cardiovascular Clinical Research. The document aims to provide a standardized set of terms and definitions specific to the categorization of race and ethnicity in clinical trials and registries. Comments are due by Tuesday, May 18. Access the document and public response form below.



Special Emphasis Notice (SEN):
AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research to Advance Health Equity

The purpose of this Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) is to inform the research community of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) interest in receiving health services research grant applications that propose innovative and evidence-based interventions that advance the nation’s goal of achieving equity in the delivery of healthcare services including reducing disparities in quality of care, patient safety, healthcare utilization and access, and ultimately, health outcomes.

Applicants may propose projects addressing any healthcare delivery-related topic with demonstrated health inequities, including but not limited to:
  • Maternal Healthcare Delivery
  • Primary Care Delivery
  • Prevention of Diagnostic Errors
  • Care Delivery for Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Digital Healthcare Tools /Methods
  • Integration of SDOH and Social Needs Care within Healthcare Delivery
  • Nursing Home Care Delivery
  • Behavior and Mental Healthcare Delivery (including substance abuse)
  • Healthcare Policies (including changes in health insurance access, coverage and payment)

Upcoming Events

ACC.21 All Virtual Experience:
Unmasking the Effect of COVID-19 on Heart Failure in Diverse Populations

Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM EST


Following the Murmurs of COVID-19 in Diverse Populations

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST


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