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Nanofibers developed at Rice are about a quarter of the size of a human hair.August 10, 2015
Texas Heart Institute and Rice University Receive American Heart Association Grant
Nanotube fibers may restore electrical health to damaged hearts
Texas Heart Institute announced today that it has received a prestigious American Heart Association grant alongside Rice University. The three-year, $750,000 grant will allow THI and Rice researchers to study and test soft, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes. The fibers' ability to bridge electrical gaps in tissue is a groundbreaking discovery and offers hope to the millions of people affected by cardiac arrhythmias. 

June 3, 2015
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute today announced a formal affiliation agreement
Establishes official link between leading institutions in cardiovascular research, education and patient care that centers on cardiovascular research, education and patient care at the two institutions and at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health.
Dr. Taylor to grads: 'You can make a difference in the world'

May 9, 2015
Taylor to grads: 'You can make a difference in the world'
After speaking to the Mississippi University for Women graduating class of 2015 as the keynote speaker Saturday, Dr. Doris Taylor received a honorary doctorate of science from MUW president
Read more at the Columbus Dispatch.

March 30, 2015
Texas Heart Institute Halfway to Goal of Recruiting Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease for Adult Stem Cell Trial Doctors and researchers at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) are halfway to their goal of recruiting  80 patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD) for a new clinical trial to assess the benefits and risks in the use of adult stem cells from patients’ own bone marrow to treat leg pain commonly associated with the disease. 

March 23, 2015
Doctor invents a device that could make life easier for dialysis patients
Texas Heart Institute surgeon William "Billy" E. Cohn has invented a device that makes the safest kind of dialysis accessible without surgery, a potentially huge advance in the treatment of chronic kidney disease. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

March 18, 2015
New vascular aid pump anticipated to help millions with chronic heart fAortixailure
A catheter-deployed vascular aid pump, envisioned by Dr. Reynolds M. Delgado III, the Medical Director of Mechanical Support at the Texas Heart Institute, is anticipated to help millions of patients with chronic heart failure. Read more in Cardiovascular Disease News.March 11, 2015

New Bionic Heart Doesn't Beat and That's Why it Could Revolutionize Transplants
Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute say the perfect bionic heart is within their reach, but 
it doesn't beat. The average human heart has to beat 42 million times a year, which means that if it were replaced with a machine with a lot of moving parts, it would quickly wear out, said Dr. William Cohn, chief medical officer of BiVACOR, the company working on the new bionic heart.
Read more at ABC News.

March 9, 2015
CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Becomes First and Only Hospital in Houston to Implant World’s Smallest Minimally Invasive Cardiac Pacemaker
CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) announced today that it has become the first hospital in Houston to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker―the Medtronic Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The device was implanted as part of the global pivotal clinical trial, and Baylor St. Luke’s is the only hospital in the Houston area selected to take part in the trial.“This miniaturized technology is designed to provide patients with the advanced pacing technology of traditional pacemakers via a minimally invasive approach,” said Dr. John Seger, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Texas Heart Institute, who implanted the Micra transcatheter pacemaker. Read more on the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center website.

Dr. William
March 4, 2015
One Texas Heart Institute surgeon's invention is changing the game for patients with kidney failure
Toting a battered, silver pool-cue case over his shoulder like an Old West gunslinger, William “Billy” E. Cohn, M.D., cardiac surgeon and director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at Texas Heart Institute, as well as director of the Department of Surgery Incubator at Baylor College of Medicine, unveils one of his latest technological innovations. Read more in the TMC Pulse.

Publications of the Texas Heart Institute

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

UPDATE recognizing donors and highlighting events 

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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