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Dr. Michael Laflamme
Dr. Michael Laflamme, a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, focuses his research on developing stem cell-based therapies to restore damaged hearts in heart failure patients. (Photo: UHN)

In this episode of UHN’s “Behind the Breakthrough” podcast, we hear from cardiac pathologist and award-winning principal investigator at the McEwen Stem Cell Institute, Dr. Michael Laflamme.

His mission: to restore the function of injured hearts by replacing scar tissue with healthy heart muscle cells made from stem cells.

Dr. Laflamme shares why it’s important to put your career aspirations to paper early on, what it’s like to co-found a company that’s been acquired for US$1 billion, and why researchers should try to be scientifically fearless.

Dr. Laflamme, alongside Dr. Gordon Keller, Director of the McEwen Stem Cell Institute, was awarded the UHN 2017 Inventor of the Year award, for their pioneering contributions to the study of stem cells and the field of regenerative medicine.


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