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Louisville researcher awarded $12.8 million NIH grant renewal for adult stem cell project
Date:9/9/2011

y incapacitated, and after they get a stem cell infusion, they can do so much more."

Before his procedure, Mike Jones tired quickly when he tossed a football with his granddaughter. "I couldn't pass more than three or four times without it bothering me," he said. "After the stem-cell infusion however, I could do the treadmill for 30 minutes at 3-3.5 miles an hour with a one-degree grade. It's most definitely the stem cells; I can do about anything I want now."

Jim Dearing concurs. "I'm walking every day now. I tell everyone I meet about this. Maybe someday it can help rejuvenate hearts."

As director of the Institute of Molecular Cardiology and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine at UofL, Bolli has made it his mission to make adult stem cell treatment an option for all who must cope with the limitations of a failing heart.

"It is entirely unacceptable that heart failure affects roughly 6 million Americans, yet treatment consists of either a heart transplant or the insertion of mechanical devices that assist the heart," he said. "All of these other treatments currently available transplants, assist devices, drugs may prolong life but do not address the root cause of failing heart muscle. By regenerating new heart muscle, cardiac stem cells could actually solve the problem."


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Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@louisville.edu
502-852-7461
University of Louisville
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