Van Andel Research Institute work turns to heart muscle regeneration
Dr. Stephan Jovinge mlive.com
Patrick Center February 6, 2014 | WGVU Seeking out the unique cells that make up the heart muscle and figuring out how to make them regenerate is a new mission for the Van Andel Research Institute.Chairman and CEO, David Van Andel, calls this “game-changing work.”
“Think about having a noninvasive heart procedure that no longer involves having to open someone up to do it and you can begin to hypothesis there are all sorts of applications that you can put against this.”
The man exploring the science is Dr. Stefan Jovinge who comes to Grand Rapids from Lund University in Sweden.Here, they’ve given him the nickname, Dr. J.His work could ultimately resolve a supply and demand issue. There are an overwhelming number of patients suffering from heart failure for a variety of reasons and the fix is a heart transplant. There aren’t enough of those to go around.
“What we are doing is investigating and exploring the possibilities for the heart to repair itself or to use cells that can be transplanted, grown and transplanted into the heart to make it regain function without transplanting a new heart.”
Doctor Jovinge explains the heart grows throughout our lives even as its function begins to decline later in life.
“But it goes on all through your life after the age of 75, 40 percent of your heart muscle cells have been formed postnatally, after your birth actually, so it’s a significant portion. But when you get a sudden loss of heart muscle cells it’s not enough to cover for that and that’s where we come in.”
Clinical and translational research will be conducted at Spectrum Health's Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute.
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