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December 2010 Issue
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Researchers Present Findings at AHA's Scientific Sessions

By Katie Pence
Published December 2010

A number of UC researchers presented novel findings at the American Heart Associationís Scientific Sessions 2010 held in Chicago on Nov. 13-17.

 

Researchers in the departments of pharmacology and cell biophysics and pathology and laboratory medicine as well as the division of cardiovascular diseases explained their heart-related research to peers throughout the country who were in attendance. 

 

Some of their findings revealed that:

 

      A stem cell-infused patch combined with overexpression of a specific cell         instruction molecule promoted cell migration to damaged cardiac tissue following heart attack, resulting in improved heart function.

      Fat around the outside of arteries may lead to the development of cardiovascular disease and could be linked to its onset in individuals with diabetes.

      A newly discovered protein could be cardioprotective during heart attack, potentially leading to more targeted treatments for patients at risk.

      A new cellular pathway could help in developing therapeutic treatments for obesity-related disorders, like diabetes and heart disease.

      A genetic target for heart disease could lead to therapies preventing the development of the nationís No. 1 killer in its initial stages.

 

To find out more about these discoveries and ways researchers plan to build on this research to help develop viable therapies, visit healthnews.uc.edu.


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