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Contact: Judy Romero
jromero@crf.org
Cardiovascular Research Foundation

Final agenda available for CRF Conference on Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Disease

Top scientists gather In New York City to Present ground-breaking advances and pioneering innovations in cell-based therapies for cardiovascular diseases

WHAT:

The final agenda for the Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, is now available online at http://www.crf.org/celltherapy/the-conference/agenda. The conference, which will be held January 22-24, 2014, is the premier meeting 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 and their paths toward optimizing outcomes. The most promising molecular, cellular, and tissue products will be presented. Presentations of key activities at state, federal, and international levels will also be highlighted as measures of the progress ahead.

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 13th year of clinical trials, the application of stem cells in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases has provided both a strong foundation for the conduct of large scale, pivotal studies, as well as insights into mechanisms of cardiovascular repair that will enhance the design of further investigation.

Renowned thought 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:

WHO:

Course Director

Warren Sherman, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Course Co-Directors

Jozef Bartunek, MD, PhD

Henricus J. Duckers, MD, PhD

Amit Patel, MD, MS

Marc S. Penn, MD, PhD

Thomas Povsic, MD

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

Wojtek Wojakowski, MD, PhD

WHEN:

January 22-24, 2014

WHERE:

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

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

HOW TO REGISTER:

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

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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. CRF is the sponsor of the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, the world's premier educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine. For more information, visit http://www.crf.org.



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