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HRI researchers pioneer new approach to mend broken hearts

HRI researchers pioneer new approach to mend broken hearts

A printer that builds beating 3D hearts in a laboratory could soon be saving the lives of heart attack patients if a pioneering trial proves successful. The Heart Research Institute has bought a 3D bio-printer to engineer human heart tissue that can be stuck directly to a damaged organ following an attack. 

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Research leader recognised internationally for life-saving work

Research leader recognised internationally for life-saving work

Dr Ben Freedman has been acknowledged at the Heart Rhythm Congress in the UK with an Award for Outstanding Individual who has contributed to Arrhythmia Services 2016. The award comes in recognition of his global push to introduce screening for the common heart condition, atrial fibrillation (AF), which triggers catastrophic strokes, as well as in recognition of his research and publications on AF screening. 

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New drugs will treat cancer and blood clots in one blow

Cancer medication could soon also protect patients from deadly blood clots thanks to a breakthrough by researchers at the HRI. Our scientists have discovered that a protein known to cause cancer is also responsible for life-threatening blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which many people with cancer suffer from. 

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Cancer Drug Could Protect Diabetics from Amputations

Cancer Drug Could Protect Diabetics from Amputations

A molecule that kills cancer cells can also save diabetics and heart patients from limb amputation, an Australian-American study shows. Breakthrough work headed by the Heart Research Institute offers up a potential new treatment for people with diabetes who develop cardiovascular disease and have to have limbs removed.

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50,000 new cases of heart disease each year

50,000 new cases of heart disease each year

An increasing number of Canadians living with cardiovascular disease, a recent report has found. The number of us living with damaged or weakened hearts is now about 600,000 with about 50,000 new cases every year.

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