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Top scientists meet for global conference on stem cell therapy for cardiovascular diseases
Date:12/19/2007

WHAT:

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) brings experts to New York City from around the world for the Fourth Annual International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Diseases. Dedicated to new advances in this emerging field, the three-day session will feature an in-depth review of cell-based therapies for myocardial repair and regeneration, angiogenesis and cutting-edge research findings.

Highlights include:

  • Clinical Focus: Full-day programs for the discussion of heart attacks (ST elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI) and congestive heart failure (CHF). Each will cover strategies using cell-based therapies to address the chronic ventricular dysfunction underlying these conditions.

  • Cutting Edge Findings including:

    • Work by Dr. Marc Penn and colleagues demonstrating that bone marrow cells can improve heart function soon after a heart attack by saving heart cells that would otherwise die from the attack

    • Research performed by Dr. Gordon M. Keller and colleagues showing for the first time how human embryonic stem cells can be induced into becoming human heart muscle cells, raising new potential for regenerating cardiac muscle after a heart attack

    • First-ever results of work by Dr. A. Terzic and colleagues demonstrating how bone marrow cells can be stimulated into essentially becoming heart muscle cells, something which in recent years had not been thought possible

    • Dr Keith March will present new data showing that 2 special types of cells are necessary to grow new blood vessels, opening up an exciting strategy for the next round of clinical trials

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