Contact: Peter Patterson
Phone: (202) 835-8718
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Washington, DC – June 21, 2011 The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces that, for the first time, it will be broadcasting live from its Annual Meeting. On Tuesday, July 26 at 8:45am Eastern, Doris Taylor, PhD, Medtronic-Bakken Chair in Cardiac Repair, and Director of the Center for Cardiac Repair at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, will address the day’s Plenary Session on Stem Cells, Decellularization and the Future of Building Organs. The session will last 90 minutes and this innovation will allow journalists unable to attend the Plenary Session to hear an internationally renowned researcher address the imbalance between the number of patients requiring a heart transplant and organ availability, as well as the importance of stem cell research to advancing medical care.

Dr. Taylor’s pioneering research has challenged the notion that cardiac myocytes cannot be regenerated. Building on the discovery that circulating myoblasts could repair skeletal muscle, she has used embryonic stem cells derived from non-human primates and humans as an in vitro model for understanding human development. Using a decellularized rat heart as a scaffold, Dr. Taylor has demonstrated that stem cells could reconstitute that inert structure, resulting in a beating heart. This work has led to clinical trials of intravenous administration of mesenchymal stem cells from donated bone marrow to treat patients with cardiac damage. Her work has achieved wide international recognition and offers the possibility of intravenous therapy both to treat and prevent heart failure.

AACC invites interested journalists to register for this session by emailing Peter Patterson by Thursday, July 21. Silverlight software is required to view the Plenary Session and information for downloading the software will be provided on registration. AACC also invites journalists to register for the Annual Meeting itself by completing and submitting a Press Registration Form. Accredited journalists will have complimentary access to the exhibits, plenary sessions, symposia and poster sessions. Access to other events will depend on space availability and other restrictions set out in AACC’s Media Registration Policy.

For more information about this event or AACC’s Annual Meeting, contact Peter Patterson by email or on either of the above phone numbers.

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AACC is a leading professional society dedicated to improving healthcare through laboratory medicine. Its over 9,000 members are clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and others involved in developing tests and directing laboratory operations. AACC brings this community together with programs that advance knowledge, expertise, and innovation.