UB Cardiologist Studying Use of Stem Cells to Fix the Heart

Monday, March 9, 2015

Source: Buffalo Business First

A $2 million federal grant will give University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences researchers additional resources to study how stem cells can be used to repair the heart.

Led by Dr. John Canty Jr., chief of cardiology in the UB Department of Medicine and a cardiologist with UBMD, the National Institutes of Health award will help determine what types of cardiac stem cell therapy is most effective to treat patients with heart failure.

Canty said in a UB news release that cardiac stem cell therapy has been shown to stimulate the growth of new heart cells after a heart attack, but exactly how that happens is unclear.

Some researchers hypothesize that these stem cells are the source of new cardiac muscle cells. They normally divide slowly, but when selectively harvested from a patient, they can be increased in number and then infused back into the recipient's heart.

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