About the event

The Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Center cordially invites you to participate in the upcoming Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Research Symposium. The goal of this session is to bring together clinicians and researchers working on various topics related to peripheral artery disease to encourage cross-collaborative research efforts and stimulate new ideas for further investigation.


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Attendees are encouraged to participate by submitting an abstract to present as a poster and a select few will be given the opportunity to give a short talk. Cash prizes will be given to selected talks and top posters!


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9:00 am to 12:00 pm | Location TBD

Individual meetings with Dr. McDermott (please email to schedule a time)


12:30 to 1:30 pm | Location TBD

Lunch with fellows, residents and graduate students (sign up here)


2:00 to 4:00 pm | Zinner Breakout Room

Short talks from selected abstracts and keynote address by Mary McDermott, MD


4:00 to 5:15 pm | Hale Cafe Atrium

Poster session (submit an abstract to present)


5:15 to 5:30 | Hale Cafe Atrium

Awards ceremony

Short Talks and Poster Information

Please submit an abstract of your project (limit 250 words) by noon on Thursday, September 6, 2018 to have your project considered for presentation during the symposium.


  • Researchers with a rank of assistant professor, instructor, postdoctoral researcher, clinical fellow, resident and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract to give a short talk (10-12 mins) or present a poster (limited to the 30 most qualified applicants, one submission per applicant).
  • Abstracts that are not selected for talks will by default be considered for inclusion in the poster session, which will be displayed on electronic poster boards.
  • Abstracts in any area of basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological research related to PAD are welcome.
  • Previously presented work will be accepted for both short talks and posters.
  • Successful applicants MUST be available to talk or present a poster at the PAD Symposium on September 28, 2018.

Additional Rules and Information

  • Prizes of $250-$500 will be awarded to all speakers and selected posters.
  • Talks and Posters selected for presentation will be notified by Monday, September 10, 2018.

Meet the Speaker

Faculty members are encouraged to meet with individually with Dr. McDermott. To schedule a time, please inquire via email.


Fellows, residents and students are invited to join Dr. McDermott for lunch. Please click here to sign up.

Mary M. McDermott MD is the Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. McDermott is a general internist and a clinician investigator whose research focuses on lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Dr. McDermott’s research, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), has objectively defined the magnitude and significance of functional impairment, functional decline, and mobility loss in people with PAD including among PAD patients who report no leg symptoms.  She was the first investigator to demonstrate that home-based exercise programs improve walking performance in people with PAD and have a durable effect on walking performance.  More recently, Dr. McDermott’s research program consists of randomized clinical trials designed to identify medical therapies and novel exercise interventions to improve lower extremity functional performance and prevent functional decline in people with PAD.  Her work is funded by the NHLBI, National Institute on Aging, American Heart Association, and PCORI. Dr. McDermott is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians.  She is an American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist.  She is a Senior Editor for JAMA.


Direction to the Zinner Breakout Room (70 Francis Street): The Zinner Breakout Room is located in the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at 70 Francis Street, Boston, MA. Upon entering the building at the street level, walk straight towards the escalators in the rear of the building. The Zinner Conference Center is located on your right; the Breakout room is through the large doors on the left.


Direction to HBTM Café Atrium: Enter at 60 Fenwood Rd lobby. Take the S elevators to the 1st floor, and the atrium will be on your right. OR at the 60 Fenwood Rd lobby take the stairs up one flight to the 1st floor, and the open atrium will be on your left.

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