Cell Symposia: Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Human Disease

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Eduardo Marbán, Cedars-Sinai, USA

Sally TempleEduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, is an international leader in cardiology and a pioneering heart researcher. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wilkes College in Pennsylvania, and completed a combined MD/PhD program at Yale University. His 25-plus years of experience in patient care and research into heart disease have led to key discoveries in gene and stem cell therapies for arrhythmias and heart failure. Using techniques that he pioneered to isolate stem cells from a patient's own heart, Dr. Marbán designed and completed the first-in-human NIH-funded CADUCEUS trial. This study was the first to show that cell therapy can repair “irreversible” tissue damage caused by heart attacks. His discoveries have formed the basis for multiple startup companies. Among the many honors Dr. Marbán has received are the Basic Research Prize of the American Heart Association (AHA), the Research Achievement Award of the International Society for Heart Research, the Gill Heart Institute Award and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the AHA.

After 25 years at Johns Hopkins, most recently as Chief of Cardiology, Dr. Marbán became founding director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in 2007. This multidisciplinary entity brings together adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, imaging specialists and researchers to foster discovery and enhance patient care. The Institute is built on a long tradition of excellence and innovation at Cedars-Sinai, including the invention of the Swan-Ganz catheter and development of coronary angioscopy and laser atherectomy. The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute performs more heart transplants than any other center worldwide, and is ranked among the best in the nation by US News & World Report.

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