Study finds stem cells repair damaged heart tissue
The Miami Herald reports that in a University of Miami/Johns Hopkins University study, heart-attack patients who received direct injections of stem cells to their damaged heart muscles were found to have reduced scar tissue and other improvements -- even decades after a heart attack.
According to the report:
The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, found that stem cell injections into the heart muscle reduced scar tissue by one third, built up healthy heart tissue and remodeled the spherical shape of the damaged heart to look more like a football-shaped healthy heart.
Note: Dr. Joshua Hare, the leader of the stem cell study, will speak in Ann Arbor on April 29, 2013, as part of the Taubman Institute's Visiting Professor Lecture Series and the U-M Health System's Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science seminars.
Visiting Professor lecture to feature genetics expert
Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a genetics expert from Baylor College of Medicine, will headline the Pediatrics Research Symposium Oct. 6 at the U-M Medical School.
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New U-M President visits Taubman Institute
The Institute hosted a fellow clinician-scientist when the University of Michigan’s new president paid a visit to the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.
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Institute symposium set for Oct. 10
The A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute will award the 2014 $100,000 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science at its 7th annual symposium at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10.
Dr. Carl June, a physician-scientist who developed a personalized immunotherapy for leukemia using patients’ own T cells, will receive the honor and deliver the symposium's keynote address.
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Drug cuts risk of bone-marrow transplant side effect
Taubman Emerging Scholar Sung Won Choi, M.D., is the lead author of a new study that finds a new way to help prevent graft-vs-host disease in cancer patients receiving bone-marrow transplants.
Study: Two types of cancer stem cells lead to metastasis
Breast cancer stem cells exist in two different states and each state plays a role in how cancer spreads, according to a new study published by Taubman Senior Scholar Dr. Max Wicha.