Aboubakr Salama: Investigating two techniques in cardiac surgeries INVITE Blog

Here we have the experience and results by Aboubakr Salama, always within the series about the scientific achievements by our INVITE fellows..

My PhD project was aiming at discovering the molecular effects of two of the most widely used techniques in cardiac surgeries and resuscitation: the hypothermia and the nitric oxide treatment.

We used cutting edge technology for molecular profiling of the transcriptome in experimental models that used both protocols.

Our findings highlighted the importance of rate of rewarming after hypothermia and spotted more light on the controversial double-edged effects of nitric oxide. The findings will be published soon and are expected to greatly impact the clinical and surgical procedures and decisions.

So far, I have communicated some of my results in the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences conferences in 2019, 2020, and 2021. As well, I had a great chance polishing my knowledge and experiences by participating in the European Society of Cardiology congress 2019 and EuroPCR 2019, 2020, and 2021.

I had a great experience under the INVITE project. For me, INVITE was not just about getting a PhD. I was able to create a big network of collaborators and acquaintances both in Europe and the United States. I am pretty confident after this experience I can continue my career as a clinical scientist.