|The Future of Medicine Through Bioengineering - Ayden Jacob|
Scientists in Belgium have worked in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to create a novel catheter for the transplantation of stem cells into a beating heart. Medical scientists are looking for ways to repair damaged heart tissue after a heart attack, and the introduction of stem cells to immediately repair damaged tissue is an avenue of great interest. This catheter will allow for increased distribution and retention of stem cells into the heart, allowing them to subsequently integrate into physiologically functioning heart cells. The first Phase III clinical trial is currently underway in Belgium.