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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
AACC to Video Stream University of MN Professor from Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Washington, DC – June  21, 2011      The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces that, on Tuesday, July 26, 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 speak on Stem Cells, Decellularization and the Future of Building Organs at AACC’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  During the Plenary Session (8:45 – 10:15 am Eastern US Time), Dr. Taylor will address the imbalance between the number of patients requiring a heart transplant versus availability of donated organs, as well as the importance of stem cell research to advancing medical care.  In a first for an AACC Annual Meeting, this Plenary Session will be video streamed live, allowing those unable to attend the opportunity to listen to this internationally renowned researcher.

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.

Stem cell research and the relative scarcity of organ donors are major health issues facing the US.  AACC invites interested journalists to register for this important session at no cost 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 is also pleased to offer complimentary press registrations for the Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo.  To register, complete and submit a Press Registration Form.   Accredited journalists will have complimentary access to the exhibits, plenary sessions, symposia and poster sessions.  Access to other events is dependent upon 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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