Public Release:  Agenda set for upcoming CRF-sponsored conference on stem cell therapy for heart disease

Top scientists gather in New York City for meeting on groundbreaking advances and pioneering innovations in cell-based therapeutic approaches to cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular Research Foundation

WHAT:
The agenda for the Eighth International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, has been set and is now available online at http://celltherapy.crf.org/conference/agenda.html. The conference, which will be held January 23-25, 2013, is a comprehensive program dedicated to the evolving field of cell-based therapies for the repair and regeneration of cardiac and vascular disease, as well as related diseases such as diabetes and stroke.

This year's conference will focus on preclinical and clinical studies on the path to commercialization, focusing on the status of molecular, cell, and tissue products, in addition to delivery systems.

WHY:
Recent advances in stem cell research demonstrate great potential as breakthrough therapies for conditions like diabetes, Parkinson's and heart disease. Now in its 12th year of clinical trials, the application of stem cells in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases has realized many notable successes, as well as identified challenges that await the next round of clinical studies. Renowned leaders in this field will convene to present their work, experiences, observations, and opinions on the benefits and unmet challenges of cell-based therapies.

Sessions will focus on:

  • Pre-Clinical and Clinical Trial Results
  • Clinical Methods: Biologics Delivery
  • Chronic Vascular Insufficiency
  • Heart Failure and Chronic Myocardial Disease
  • Macro and Micro Structure: Implications for Tissue Repair
  • Cell Therapy in South and Central America
  • Goals and Logistics for the Next Decade

WHO:
Course Director, Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
Warren Sherman, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Course Co-Directors
Jozef Bartunek, MD, PhD
Cardiovascular Center, OLV Hospital
Aalst, Belgium

Henricus J. Duckers, MD, PhD
Erasmus Medical Center
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Amit Patel, MD, MS
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Marc S. Penn, MD, PhD
Summa Health System
Akron, OH

Gustav Steinhoff, MD, PhD
University of Rostock
Rostock, Germany

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Wojciech Wojakowski, MD, PhD
Third Division of Cardiology
Katowice, Poland

WHEN:
January 23-25, 2013

WHERE:
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

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For more information visit: http://celltherapy.crf.org/

HOW TO REGISTER:

Media may apply for registration by emailing jromero@crf.org.

About CRF

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is an independent, academically focused nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for people with cardiovascular disease through research and education. Since its inception in 1991, CRF has played a major role in realizing dramatic improvements in the lives of countless numbers of patients by establishing the safe use of new technologies and therapies in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

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