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View a video about stem cell research at Texas Heart Institute.
View a video about stem cell research at Texas Heart Institute.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance the current understanding of the use of stem cells in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.

View of a stem cell procedure in the cardiac cath lab.

Goals of Stem Cell Center

The primary goal of the Stem Cell Center is to help patients through the advancement of clinical stem cell research. The Stem Cell Center investigators are a highly trained team of coordinators, nurses, cardiologists, and surgeons who are working to further the current understanding of how stem cells function in cardiovascular disease, how stem cells are recruited to heart injury, how stem cells can improve the heart function after an acute injury (as is the case in heart attacks) or after countless repeated injuries (as is the case in heart failure). The Stem Cell Center, through numerous pre-clinical studies, explores the basic aspects and influences of stem cells on animal models of cardiovascular disease. With numerous collaborative relationships with renowned institutions both near and far, the Stem Cell Center hopes to bridge the basic science understanding of stem cell action with bedside treatment strategies in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, the Stem Cell Center focuses on education. We strive to educate patients on the importance of stem cell research.  Moreover, we make every effort to ensure that patients are thoroughly informed about clinical research processes. In addition to patient education, we also have an active training program in stem cell research for both US and international doctors.

Each year, the center invites doctors from around the country and the world to participate in our research programs. Our members actively contribute to numerous scientific meetings and collaborate with other institutions in the United States and abroad to improve the understanding of stem cell therapy.

Member of the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network
We are a network of physicians, scientists, and support staff dedicated to studying stem cell therapy for treating heart disease.  The goals of the Network are to complete research studies that will potentially lead to more effective treatments for patients with cardiovascular disease, and to share knowledge quickly with the healthcare community. 

Updated January 2015

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