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The Hartwell Foundation Provides Grant to University of Michigan Researchers
Date:3/11/2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hartwell Foundation, of Memphis, TN, awarded three University of Michigan researchers with a three-year, $884,165 grant for their investigation into "knifeless" surgery for the treatment of the pediatric heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

"Support for clinical translation of this exciting innovation was possible because matching funds were available from other sources and sufficient infrastructure exists within The University of Michigan to sustain an eventual clinical trial," said Fred Dombrose , President of the Hartwell Foundation.

The University is a Hartwell Foundation Top Ten Center of Biomedical Research.

Charles Cain , Ph.D., Richard A Auhll Professor of Engineering and 2007 Hartwell Investigator; Gabe Owens , M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatric cardiology; and Zhen Xu , Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering, are the recipients of the grant and will work to gather pre-clinical data in preparation for a human clinical trial on infants with HLHS.

"The Department of Pediatrics and C.S. Mott Hospital are excited about the promise of this technology to improve the lives of children with congenital heart disease and other life threatening disorders," said Valerie Castle , Ravitz Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases with the U-M Medical School. "Our partnership with The Hartwell Foundation represents the best of what we do at Michigan – bringing teams of interdisciplinary scientists from discipline
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