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Continued: June 2: A stem-cell testing ground in Minnesota tries to heal damaged hearts

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 9, 2013 - 10:14 PM


Dr. Eduardo Marbán, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles (and a founder of Capricor, the stem-cell company) calls Henry “the leading figure nationally in clinical trials of stem cells.”

And this fall, Henry is heading to Cedars-Sinai to become the new chief of cardiology. He’s vowed to return to Minnesota regularly to oversee his ongoing research projects. The OPTIMIST Clinic, and research, will continue with the other doctors on his team.

Marban said he and Henry share the same goal: “To make stem cells a realistic treatment option for heart disease.”

Exactly when that may happen, though, is anyone’s guess.

“Over-hype is part of the problem,” Henry said. “Stem-cell therapy is just like any other therapy. You have to go through the hard work.” And wait until the science proves them right.



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