American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Research Leaders Academy
Two day meeting, half day Sunday, July 24, full day Monday, July 25, half day Tuesday, July 26. By invitation-only meeting includes current leaders/emerging leaders in cardiovascular and stroke research, including academia, clinical practice, industry and government. Major focus of invited presentations is on “current hot topics” in the research environment and on career development support for all career stages. In addition to presentation and discussion, sessions will be experiential with small group discussions and exchanges, debates, small workshops, participant response system (polling) and significant networking opportunities. Mentoring opportunities will be included. The Academy website (a site in the Professional Online Network within the AHA’s Professional Heart Daily), Twitter and other social media tools will provide opportunities for frequent feedback.
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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Research Leaders Academy

July 24-26, 2016

San Antonio, Texas


Participation and Successful Completion

Welcome to the AHA/ASA Research Leaders Academy for 2016!  Use this site to complete the following activities:

(1) Register to attend.

(2) Complete the post-Academy evaluation survey

(3) Print your Certificate of Academy Membership from your own printer. 

Once you have registered, please visit <link to Prof Heart Daily’s Academy landing page> for more information about the Academy and to submit your photo and a brief biography.


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Mac OS 10.4


Workshop Location

The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio

420 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX  78205


Telephone: 210-224-6500

Cost to Attend

There is no fee for this activity.


Target Audience

Current leaders/emerging leaders in cardiovascular and stroke research, including academia, clinical practice, industry and government.  By invitation only.



The Research Leaders Academy is being launched to create an annual platform to ensure that the AHA and its research leaders are best equipped to achieve the AHA’s Mission.  Components of this platform include a systematic debate of important contemporary and future issues within the global research environment, as well as fostering a robust professional network of Academy members of all career stages within the cardiovascular and stroke fields.


Learning Objectives 

At the completion of the Academy, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an increased understanding of important contemporary and future issues  within  the global research environment, particularly in cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

  2. Practice acquired leadership and management skills such that they are poised to assume or sustain leadership roles in support of achieving the AHA’s Mission.

  3. Continue contact with other Academy participants via professional networking tools introduced and practiced at the Academy

  4. Continue to advance AHA’s Mission through their research and other activities.



Academy Agenda

July 24, 2016 (Arrival and Afternoon-Evening Programs)

Noon – 2:00 pm

Arrival and Check-in

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Welcome, Introductions, Vision for the Academy

2:30 –4:15 pm

What Will be the ‘Next Best Thing’ in Cardiovascular and Stroke Research over the Next 20 Years?


4:30 – 5:30 pm

StrengthsFinders Session

Interpreting and acting on your personal assessment

5:30 – 6:00 pm


6:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception:  Networking

7:00 – 9:15 pm

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address

9:15 pm

Sessions conclude for the day

July 25, 2016 (Full day of sessions; evening on your own)

7:00 – 8:15 am

Sunrise Sessions (concurrent topics)

  • Your Mentor Map:  How to identify and work with mentors AND how to be the best mentor you can be
  • Scientific networking and career development
  • What can a career look like?  Different opportunities
  • What you want to know or share about promotion and tenure
  • Time Management Tips
  • Communicate research results effectively:  Posters and Presentations that Pop!


8:30– 10:00 am

Hot Topics in the Research Space:  Ethics, Open Science, Reproducibility, Unconscious Bias and all that Jazz

10:00–10:45 am

CRISPR - A Discovery and its Complexities: What should we learn as scientists?


11:00–12:30 pm

Negotiation: Moving from Asking to Becoming a Negotiation Genius

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm

Personal Stories in Science (begins during lunch)

2:00 – 3:45 pm

Communicating Science to the Public – What We Say and What They Want to Hear

3:45 – 4:15 pm


4:15 – 5:30 pm

The Art of Team Science—It’s not Just an Interdisciplinary Group Anymore!

5:30 pm

Sessions conclude for the day; evening on your own or with interest group

July 26, 2016 (Morning Session and Early Afternoon Departure)

7:15 – 8:30 am

Sunrise Sessions: (Concurrent topics)

How to… 

  • Present yourself successfully in job interviews
  • Create and manage a team to do translational/clinical research
  • Start and run a lab
  • Successfully balance clinical practice with research
  • Incorporate mHealth into your practice and your research
  • Better understand, adjust for and benefit from the evolution of patients in research
  • Become flexible, resilient and successfully juggle competing demands


8:45 – 10:15 am

Brave New Worlds: (select one of the following)

  1. The Art of Entrepreneurial Science
  2. The Practice of Regulatory Science
  3. New Technologies:  Visualization of Data
  4. New Technologies:  Big DATA
  5. New Technologies:  Future of Clinical Trials


10:45 –

11:30 pm

A Passion for Research

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Evaluation and Commitment Period

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch and final networking opportunity

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Academy Concludes (Closing remarks by moderators; final story and send-off)






This activity is a live activity.


Contact Information

To contact the American Heart Association for any questions, please contact Blaine Bivings at or 214-360-6105, or Pat Hinton at or214-360-6102.


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Type:  Live Activity
Activity Price
236 Registered Users
Live Meeting Information
Start: Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Location: The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
420 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

0 Credits> Non-Accredited