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Contact: Claire Laporte
claporte@crf.org
212-851-9311
Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Top scientists meet for global conference on stem cell therapy for cardiovascular diseases

Scientific meeting on ground-breaking advances, pioneering innovations in cell-based therapeutic approaches to cardiovascular diseases

WHAT:

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) brings experts to New York City from around the world for the Fourth Annual International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Diseases. Dedicated to new advances in this emerging field, the three-day session will feature an in-depth review of cell-based therapies for myocardial repair and regeneration, angiogenesis and cutting-edge research findings.

Highlights include:

WHO:

Hundreds of the world's leading cell therapy experts will meet to discuss the latest advances in this area.

Warren Sherman, M.D., Conference Director, is Director of Cardiac Cell-Based Endovascular Therapies at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Sherman is a renowned clinical investigator in the field of myocardial regeneration who pioneered a technique for injecting stem cells into the heart. In Rotterdam in May 2001, he performed the first catheter-based injection of stem cells into the heart of a patient with congestive heart failure due to a previous heart attack. At Columbia University Medical Center, researchers led by Dr. Sherman are using the patient's own myoblasts -- progenitor cells found in muscle -- to repair and replace injured cardiac tissue in a process called myogenesis. Dr. Sherman collaborates in studies to improve the outcomes of cell implantation with colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center, all of whom will be presenting their research at the conference.

WHEN:
January 16 - 18, 2008

WHERE:
Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (at 115th St.), New York, NY

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For media inquiries and registration, please contact Irma Damhuis (212-851-9187; idamhuis@crf.org ), Claire Laporte (212-851-9311; claporte@crf.org ) or Alex Lyda (212-305-0820; mal2133@columbia.edu )

The conference program can be found at http://www.register-crf.org/data/product/Cell%20Therapy%20Brochure%20L14.pdf

About CRF:

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) in New York City is an independent, non-profit academic institution dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life of patients with cardiovascular disease through research and education. For more than 15 years, CRF has played a major role in realizing dramatic improvements in the lives of patients by establishing the safe use of new technologies and therapies in the subspecialty of interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. CRF is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.crf.org

About CUMC:

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, nurses, and dentists at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the College of Dental Medicine, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. www.cumc.columbia.edu



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