uOttawa Heart Institute scientists create injectable gel that restores cardiac function after heart attack

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2019

Scientists at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) have developed the first human protein gel material capable of repairing damaged heart tissue after a heart attack.

The all-Canadian innovation is an “unprecedented leap forward” in addressing repair of cardiac muscle after a heart attack, says Dr. Emilio Alarcon, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, a scientist in the UOHI Division of Cardiac Surgery, and one of the lead authors of a recently published paper in Nature Communications.

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