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Dr. Michael Laflamme wants to restore muscle function and reverse heart failure using stem cells

Air Date: November 19, 2019 | Length: 28:22

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In this episode of Behind the Breakthrough, 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.

He 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 $1US 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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About Dr. Michael Laflamme

Dr. Michael Laflamme is a practicing cardiac pathologist, holds the Robert R. McEwen Chair in Cardiac Regenerative Medicine at UHN, is a Principal Investigator at the McEwen Stem Cell Institute, and is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Laflamme’s laboratory is focused on developing stem cell-based therapies to restore damaged hearts in heart failure patients.

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.


About the Host

Christian Cote is Special Advisor — Strategy and New Media in UHN’s Public Affairs department. One of his primary roles is writing and producing compelling print and emotive video stories about UHN doctors, researchers, scientists and health care workers that target a mainstream audience. Prior to joining UHN in 2010, Cote was an award-winning investigative and sports television producer for TV networks including CBC, CTV, Discovery Channel, and APTN.

Produced By: Katie Sullivan | Host: Christian Cote | Studio Engineer: Tim Chipman