Researchers Present Findings at AHA's Scientific Sessions
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.