The Long Haul: Improving Cardiac Cell Therapy Persistence

Cell therapies treat and repair the body using stem cells or their derivatives. These cells possess great therapeutic potential, but their beneficial effects often fade away over time. In this episode, we explore strategies to improve the persistence of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes in the effort to remuscularize hearts after cardiac infarction. Niki Spahich from The Scientist’s Creative Services team spoke with Sara Nunes Vasconcelos, an assistant professor at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, and a scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, to learn more.

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    Sara Nunes Vasconcelos, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
    University of Toronto
    Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
    Toronto General Hospital Research Institute University Health Network

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