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February 23, 2015
Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas System renew affiliation agreement
The Texas Heart Institute (THI) and The University of Texas System renewed their decade-plus affiliation that allows them to collaborate on many fronts. The agreement has allowed UT System and THI to work together to recruit world-class scientists and cardiac specialists; provide internships and training for students; and engage in many cooperative efforts. Read more about the chancelor's visit to Houston on his blog. 


Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas System renews decade-plus affiliation. Read more on UT System chancellors blog.
Front row (left to right), Denton A. Cooley, MD, president emeritus, THI; William H. McRaven, chancellor, The University of Texas System; James T. Willerson, MD, president, THI; David M. Grimes, chairman, THI Board of Trustees; back row (L to R) Fred Zeidman; Bud Frazier, MD; Randa Safady, PhD; Doris Taylor, PhD; Billy Cohn, MD; John Greer

February 19, 2015
Pastor heeded warning signs of stroke
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell drove to the Texas Heart Institute at CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor, and by the time he needed to sign medical forms, he couldn't sign his name with his right hand. "At the risk of sounding like a preacher, the Lord impressed upon me, 'Go to the ER now,' " said Caldwell, who is 61. 

Dr. James T. Willerson, Pastor Caldwell's cardiologist, says that a stroke patient's best prognosis comes when he or she - women have more strokes than men - recognizes the symptoms of a stroke and gets to a hospital within an hour of its occurrence. Read more in The Houston Chronicle.

February 11, 2015
Heart disease risk can start in childhood
Though heart disease is not a major cause of death among children and teenagers, it is the largest cause of death among adults in the United States. There is a death every 37 seconds from some form of cardiovascular disease, according to Texas Heart Institute. Read more in the Paris Post-Intelligencer.

February 5, 2015
Pioneers of Regeneration
Ghost heart used to create new organs for transplantation.

Across the Texas Medical Center, scientists and physicians are leveraging stem cell and regenerative medicine research to usher in a new era of treatment.

In the world of regenerative medicine, the realm of science fiction is infiltrating the domain of real science. At Texas Heart Institute, cadaverous pig hearts, stripped of their cellular makeup, exude stark, ethereal beauty while cardiac tissue stem cells pulse rhythmically in a dish. Read more in TMC Pulse.

February 3, 2015
Occidental Petroleum Recognized for $4 Million Gift to Fund THI’s Cardiovascular Research
Officials with the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced today a gift from Houston-based  Occidental Petroleum Corporation of $4 million to support research to prevent, treat and cure cardiovascular disease.

“We are very grateful to Occidental for their generous gift that will help us change and save many lives,” said THI President James T. Willerson, MD. “We applaud Occidental for recognizing that heart disease is the No. 1 threat to the health of their workforce and to the people of the world.”

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Solid progress
In Dr. Denton Cooley's recent letter to the editor of the Houston Chronicle, he congratulates Texas Children's Hospital on its announced plans to enlarge its facilities for care of children with cardiovascular anomalies and disease. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

December 15, 2014
The echoes of hearts long silenced

The artist, Dario Robleto, was doing research on artificial hearts for a conceptual art installation in Houston when he met the historian, Patrick Feaster, while both were on a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in 2011. Using modern digital processing, they have given sound to some of the earliest written recordings of pulses and heartbeats.

To Dr. O. H. Frazier, a cardiac surgeon and researcher at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston (and a co-inventor of a beatless artificial heart), the recordings “open up a new arena to be studied.” Read more in the New York Times.

December 15, 2014
British Cardiac Pioneer Sir Terence English Receives THI’s 2014 Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement
Sir Terence English KBE, a pioneer in cardiac surgery who performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant, has been named the recipient of  the 2014 Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement, presented annually by the Texas Heart Institute.

November 24, 2014
Hispanic mothers of large families in danger of this heart issue
Hispanic women with five or more children are more likely to develop the heart condition, ventricular diastolic dysfunction, compared to women who have fewer children. Women who have ventricular diastolic dysfunction experience an abnormal heart pumping cycle. According to the Texas Heart Institute, electrical signals in the heart muscle cause it to contract, pushing blood from the top chambers to the lower chambers. In people who have diastolic dysfunction, the lower chambers of the heart fail to relax while blood is being pumped into them. Read more in LaOpinion.

November 19, 2014
Capstone Pioneers in health science careers
Students from Capstone College and Career Advising recently toured the Texas Heart Institute as part of their initiative, Capstone Pioneers, a group formed to help students explore their dream careers. Student Joseph Goodwin spoke of the impact that meeting Dr. Denton Cooley had on on him during the tour, "When I heard Dr. Cooley say, this is what it's all about, that he was able to save the life of another person through his work—this definitely inspired me to continue on my path to becoming a surgeon and being able to help and save lives just as Dr. Cooley has done.”  Read more in Tyler Morning Telegraph.

November 17, 2014
Medical Breakthroughs Made In Texas:  The Future of Medicine is Stem Cell Research
Doris Taylor, Ph.D. at Houston’s Texas Heart Institute is regenerating hearts and lungs in awe inspiring work. Imagine not having to wait on a heart transplant donor, but to have a new perfectly matched heart made from your own stem cells. Read more in Texas CEO Magazine.

November 17, 2014
Female stem cells could be better for heart repair, disease treatment
Some of theDr. Doris Taylor most prominent diseases that older people have to fight - heart disease, diabetes, age-related degenerative diseases and other disorders - may meet their match in the coming decade with the development of stem cell therapies. And when it comes time to enter the ring, research shows you may want to place your bets on female stem cells to pack the stronger punch. "We always knew women were awesome," said Dr. Doris Taylor, director of Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute. "Now we have science to back it up." Read more in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

November 13, 2014
Dr. David A. Ott
Texas Heart Institute Announces Appointment of Dr. David A. Ott as Surgeon-in-Chief
Dr. Denton A. Cooley, founder and President Emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Dr. James T. Willerson, President of THI, have announced the appointment of Dr. David A. Ott as THI’s Surgeon-in-Chief.

Dr. Ott, who has been a member of the THI professional staff for 35 years, succeeds Dr. Cooley, who held the position for the past 50 years and now will be Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus.

November 6, 2014
Deep in the HearDr. Denton Cooley and Donna Spannt of Texas
Dr. Denton Cooley is one of the most respected heart surgeons in the world.

He is the man who implanted the first total artificial heart and saved more than 100,000 people's lives. One of those lives saved is from Tyler, 50 years ago, and that person got to reunite with the doctor who repaired her heart and gave her another chance at life. Read more at KETK NBC news.

November 5, 2014
Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology convenes external Commercialization Advisory Group
The Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology convened its External Commercialization Advisory Group here on Nov. 4, 2014, to discuss commercialization opportunities for the research collaboration between the Texas Heart Institute and the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The group is chaired by Dr. Richard Dixon, director of THI’s Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Lab.

Publications of the Texas Heart Institute

Heart to Heart e-newsletter from THI President, Dr. James T. Willerson 

UPDATE recognizing donors and highlighting events 

Heart Watch research newsletter for medical professionals (En español)   

Texas Heart Institute Journal peer-reviewed scientific journal   

Index of Collected Papers of THI professional staff  

Library and LRC E-News resources, services and classes  

Women's Heart Health E-News "Straight Talk" by Dr. Stephanie Coulter 

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