keynote: Dr. Mark K. Friedberg

Mark Friedberg Associate Professor of Peadiatrics
Department of Paediatrics
Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Sickkids Research institute

Title:
Assessing cardiac function in children: Real life uncertainties and realities

Abstract:
The talk will discuss the challenging reality of trying to measure cardiac function in children. Despite a multitude of advanced imaging techniques, we commonly face challenges in obtaining reliable, reproducible and accurate data and face challenges in it’s interpretation. The talk will discuss some of the many factors that can influence these measurements and their reliability, particularly in children.

Short biosketch:
Dr. Mark Friedberg was born in South Africa. He received his medical degree from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He did his paediatric residency at the Soroka and Rambam Medical Centers. He did his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University in California where he continued to complete a senior fellowship in echocardiography and clinical research as a Glaser Pediatric Research Network fellow. Dr. Friedberg joined SickKids as a Staff Cardiologist in 2006 and was appointed to its research institute in 2011. He is currently director of research at the SickKids Echo laboratory. His clinical and animal lab translational research focuses on the evaluation of ventricular function in children with acquired and congenital heart disease; in particular assessment of right ventricular function and ventricular-ventricular interactions in adverse loading conditions.

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