The researchers involved with this study will encounter many experimental challenges, as previous work to implant cells in damaged hearts has shown little success. The research team will need to determine the optimal mix of cell types to include in the patch, as well as engineer the patch in a way that will allow its contractions to synchronize with the patient's heartbeat. And although the cells used will be developed with altered immunogenicity, the researchers will need to learn how exactly the immune system will respond to the patch, particularly if the patch tissue is derived from a donor.
The study will be led by Dr. Jianyi Zhang, the chair of UAB Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Timothy Kamp, a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin and co-director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, and Dr. Nenad Bursac, a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University.
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