2016 Monday Plenary Session: Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Building a Heart: From Cells to
Tissues to Organs

Lecturer: Doris Taylor, Texas Heart Institute,
Houston, TX.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number
one cause of death in the United States. However, few treatments for CVD provide a means to regain full cardiac function with no long-term side effects. Novel tissue-engineered products may provide a way to overcome the limitations of current CVD
therapies by replacing injured myocardium with functioning tissue or by inducing more constructive forms of endogenous repair. Dr. Taylor will discuss some of the factors that must be considered in the development of tissue-engineered products and review the methods currently being investigated to
generate more.