Doris A. Taylor | When Cell Therapy Isn’t Enough

In her talk “When Cell Therapy Isn’t Enough: Building Cardiovascular Solutions in 2016,” Doris A. Taylor discusses improvements to stem-cell therapies and the development of better treatments for heart disease, including building bio-artificial organs for transplant that use a patient’s own stem cells, thus avoiding the complications of organ rejection. Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

“Let it Grow” Stem Cell Video

Through a grant funded by California’s Stem Cell Agency (CIRM), high school students across California spent their summer getting hands-on experience doing stem cell research at nine universities in the state. As part of their internship, students submitted videos, blogs and instagram photos about their time in the lab. This video was produced by student interns at the City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Over the course of the three-year CIRM Creativity Awards program, their agency  has supported 220 high school students in stem cell research internships. WATCH VIDEO   Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

Who has the softer heart?

February 9, 2014, 7:00 PM|What 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl learned while reporting on the surprising medical differences between males and females Watch 60 Minutes Overtime Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

Stem Cells & Power of Hope: Bernard Siegel at TEDx

Bernie was a courtroom attorney, and a cancer and Hurricane Andrew survivor. For fun, he owned a minor league basketball team and became commissioner of a pro-wrestling federation. A decade ago, he ignited a media firestorm when seeking a guardian for the alleged clone, “Baby Eve.” 18 months later, he found himself at the United Nations addressing the promise of stem cell research as a global leader of the advocacy community. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group….

“A Marriage” Milestone in the Texas Medical Center

Bold New Alliance Among Houston’s Leading Health Care Providers to Transform Care Delivery in the Region Clinical Services, Research and Education Greatly Enhanced by New Collaborations for CHI, St. Luke’s, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute HOUSTON (Jan. 7, 2014) Three of the region’s leading medical institutions – Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St. Luke’s Health and the Texas Heart® Institute – have significantly expanded and enhanced their long-standing educational, clinical and research affiliations in conjunction with Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, which sponsors and operates the newly named CHI St. Luke’s Health. Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, announced today that CHI St. Luke’s has partnered with Baylor…

Recreating a beating human heart: Daria O Brian’s Science Club

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Daria O Brian’s Science Club Adventures in Time Not currently available on BBC iPlayer Series 2 Episode 2 of 6 Dara O Briain and the team go on a journey through time to discover what it is and how to get more of it.   Watch Video       Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

Stem Cells And Blogging: Paul Knoepfler Interview

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John Ferrell interviewed Paul Knoepfler on his lab, his blog–and his new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, just out from World Scientific. Knoepfler’s lab is based at UC Davis School of Medicine, where he studies induced pluripotent stem cells and how they might be used to target different forms of cancer, brain tumors in particular. In this opening segment, we discussed his reasons for writing the book and his thoughts on two high-profile clinical trials of stem cell therapies to treat macular degeneration. In this segment, we discussed the FDA and the need for the government agency to speed up the review process for clinical trials of novel stem cell therapies, and to consider…

Research Could Revolutionize Heart Attack Treatment

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It’s a pioneering procedure. Doctors at Austin’s Heart Hospital are taking a patient’s own stem cells from bone marrow a few days after a heart attack and injecting those stem cells back into formerly blocked arteries. Dr. Roger Gammon is an Interventional Cardiologist who leads the research team at the hospital. He says, “We think those stem cells in particular are most able to recover heart muscle and grow new blood vessels in an area which could save that heart muscle.” This trial could be a critical next step in fighting the nation’s number one killer. Medication and surgery to open blocked arteries have dramatically improved survival rates for people with heart disease. But once…

Hospitals Seeing Success in Organ Creation


Texas Heart Institute One of Many Hospitals Seeing Success in Organ Creation On average, 18 people die each day awaiting an organ donation — one person is added to the waiting list for organ transplants every ten minutes.   Although nearly 80 people receive an organ transplant per day according to, the gap between donations made and those awaiting organs is devastating for those on the waiting list. There is good news on the horizon for the 100,000-plus people awaiting a transplant, however. Researchers in Texas and across the globe are working on a way to create organs from the patient’s own body. While 3D printed versions of large organs such as kidneys are…

Toddler Born Without a Windpipe Gets Artificial Trachea

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In a groundbreaking feat of science and surgery, a Korean toddler born without a windpipe received an artificial trachea made from her own stem cells. Hannah Warren, 2½, was born with tracheal agenesis, a rare and usually fatal birth defect. She had spent her entire life in a neonatal intensive care unit in a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, unable to breathe, swallow, eat or drink on her own. But after a nine-hour marathon operation to implant a windpipe made of nanofiber mesh coated with her own bone marrow cells, the girl in pigtails finally had her first lollipop. “All we have ever wanted since Hannah was born was to be able to bring her…

Houston at the Heart of a Major Revolution

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Houston, TX – Houston is at the heart of a major revolution. Can you imagine being able to pull an artificial heart off the shelf and plug it into someone? Doctors with the Texas Heart Institute are working to make that a reality for patients. Dr. Emerson Perin shares what’s on the horizon for the Texas Heart Institute in 2013. (Watch Interview on KHOU Site)   Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

Texas Governor Speaks at Houston Stem Cell Summit

Gov. Rick Perry highlighted Texas’ leading role in the advancement of regenerative medicine to produce safe, effective and ethical adult stem cell therapies. The governor spoke at the inaugural Houston Stem Cell Summit, which focuses on adult stem cell research and its potential to tackle life-threatening diseases. “I’m proud Texas is playing a key role in the advancement of adult stem cell research and therapies, both of which are promising for patients and our economy,” Gov. Perry said. “This conference represents another step in the growth of this industry that I hope and expect will be centered right here in the Lone Star State.” Texas has taken clear steps to advance research in ethical regenerative…

UT professor finds way to kill cancer cells

Laser gives doctors pinpoint accuracy AUSTIN (KXAN) – According to the National Cancer Institute, 41 percent of men and women born today will be diagnosed with one form of cancer in their lifetimes. That is why researchers are working overtime to find new ways to fight back. One University of Texas professor has developed an innovative way to kill cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. Associate Professor Adela Ben-Yakar has worked in the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT since 2004. That is where she began her crusade by taking the ultra-short pulse laser, originally created by a chemist, and transforming it as a weapon to fight cancer. Read More…

The Future of Treating Heart Disease is Now

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At the Texas Heart Institute, the future of preventing, diagnosing, and treating heart disease is now. A look at the many ways including regenerative medicine, stem cells, genetics, imaging, and artificial devices, in which we are transforming the future of medicine through our programs in improving patient care, research and education. Watch this exciting video Recommend on FacebookTell a friend

New Educational Film: “Stem Cell Revolutions”

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All of our bodies contain stem cells – special cells that make replacements for the cells in our bodies that die every day through wear and tear, or are lost in injury or disease. Stem cells were discovered after the Second World War, by scientists trying to find a cure for radiation sickness. Two Canadian scientists found that a single starter cell could give rise to all types of blood cell – and that because these cells could also make perfect copies of themselves, they could do this again and again. Their experiments became the foundation of stem cell biology. In 1981, American scientist Howard Green showed that skin also contained stem cells and became…

Need a Reason to Love Texas?

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The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research. Located in Houston, the center contains 51 medicine-related institutions, including 13 hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and other health-related practices.   The entire area is bigger than Downtown Dallas. Watch this Video! The center is where one of the first and largest air ambulance services was created and where a successful inter-institutional transplant program was developed. According to the Texas Medical Center, more heart surgeries are performed here than anywhere else in the…

Texas Advocate Community Unites for Cures

Some of the country’s leading practitioners will discuss the cutting-edge treatments and imaging techniques being developed to treat traumatic brain injury and stroke at a symposium on May 4th in Austin. “Collaborating for Cures: Emerging Translational Research in the Stroke and TBI Care Continuum” will feature presentations on neuroplasticity, stem cell policy and regulatory issues, neuroimaging techniques and analysis, as well as provide a forum for leading scientists in the field to share ideas and discuss potential collaborations. “Austin and Central Texas is emerging as a thought center in the neurosciences. This symposium highlighting the work of Dr. Valadka and Warach illuminates that exciting development,” stated Tom Caven, M.D., Vice-President, Medical Affairs, University Medical Center…

Healing Bones with Stem Cells

Healing Bones with Stem Cells at UC Davis - Mark Lee- CIRM Spotlight on Disease

Healing Bones with Stem Cells at UC Davis – Mark Lee: CIRM Spotlight on Disease Presentation by Dr. Mark Lee at UC Davis on the use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in complex fracture work. Severe bone fractures can lead to such massive bone loss that realigning and fixing the bone with implants is not enough to heal the bone. In these cases, the trauma victim is left with chronic pain and non-functioning limbs. Dr. Mark Lee, an orthopedic surgeon at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is developing new stem cell based methods to overcome these current challenges in treating non-healing bone. Dr. Lee spoke about his research at the CIRM governing board’s Spotlight on…

Issue is not competition… but too few donors

HOUSTON (KTRK) — This week, there’s been debate over the age of people getting transplants after former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant at 71. But the world’s biggest heart transplant center here in Houston says that’s not unusual. They say older people sometimes do better. Dr. Delgado holds a list of the 131 people now waiting for a heart. Each one is hoping for the phone call that will mean a new life. Experts say the real issue isn’t competition for organs but too few donors. Transplants are limited to about 2,000 a year in the US because so few people agree to be organ donors.   Watch KTRK Coverage   Recommend on…

Knowledge gained paves way for future of cell therapy

Dr Emerson C Perin (Texas Heart Institute, Houston) discusses FOCUS with Dr Alexandra Lansky (Yale University, New Haven, CT. Filmed at ACC 2012.

  Stem cell, heart heath study Stem cells from someone’s bone marrow could help repair heart damage Doctors from the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital have found that patients with heart failure may be able to repair the damaged areas of the heart with stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow. Doctors presented the findings at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session Saturday. The results are from a multi-center clinical study that measured the possible benefits of using a patient’s own bone marrow cells to repair damaged areas of the heart suffering from severe heart failure, a condition that affects millions of Americans.     The study, which…