The Washington Research Foundation has invested $10 million for clinical trials of a treatment that may restore heart tissue in heart attack patients. Building on the research of Dr. Charles Murry, professor (Cardiology), the Heart Regeneration program is co-directed by Cardiology Division Head Dr. Robb MacLellan.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Murry and his team have had success using heart cells created from human embryonic stem cells to restore damaged heart muscle in monkeys.

“This research may help to prevent congestive heart failure after heart attack, and significantly increase the quality of life and life span for patients.” 

- Dr. Charles Murry