Dr. Beard was invited to attend the 2017 American Heart Association (AHA) Research Leaders Academy. This year’s invitation-only conference was held September 17 through 19, in Denver, CO.

“The AHA Research Leaders Academy was 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.” –AHA website