AUSTIN, Texas—On Oct. 19, 2012, Roger Gammon, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin and medical director of research at Austin Heart, served as a featured speaker for the 3rd annual Stem Cell Research Symposium: Spotlight on Texas held at the Texas Capitol. He was joined by world-renowned researchers.
During the symposium, prominent medical researchers highlighted new developments in stem cell research. Doctors at Heart Hospital of Austin and Austin Heart, one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research departments in the United States, have more than 20 years of research experience and are currently involved in 30 trials, including studies examining the use of adult stem cells to treat patients with cardiovascular diseases.
“We are dedicated to providing advanced care to patients while pioneering the science of medicine through clinical trials,” Dr. Gammon said. “Stem cells hold extraordinary potential for the medical treatment of a variety of conditions, and we are learning more and more every day about the possibilities.”
The symposium was hosted by the Texas Cures Education Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization, and Texans for Stem Cell Research (TSCR), a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated to the advancement of stem cell clinical applications for the treatment of Texans living with disease and debilitating injury. The symposium was designed to educate the public about the leading-edge stem cell research and clinical trials currently taking place in Texas. The event also included a discussion of recent Texas laws affecting stem cell research and the potential economic impact of the research, while highlighting the most current progress in one of the most promising areas of medicine today.
This year, more than a dozen local and national advocacy groups, institutions and foundations are supporting the efforts of the hosting organizations.
“We are committed to creating visibility in the community for Texas-based stem cell researchers and the field of regenerative medicine,” Keri Kimler, program chair of the Stem Cell Research Symposium, said. “The outpouring of support from so many leading organizations was encouraging.”
Speakers at the event included prominent stem cell scientists, physicians and advocates from leading medical facilities and research institutions from across the states of Texas and California.
"Texans for Stem Cell Research is proud to have welcomed these leading researchers to our state Capitol,” David L. Bales, chairman of TSCR, said. “We hope their leadership and latest findings will serve as motivation for our policymakers to get serious in the upcoming legislative session by funding more clinical trials in Texas.”
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named a top cardiovascular hospital in the nation by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for seven years, most recently being named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013 in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David’s Medical Center. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
Austin Heart is the largest provider of cardiac and vascular services in Central Texas, with 12 full-time office locations, 13 outreach clinics and 46 cardiologists. Austin Heart has been serving the Central Texas area since 1973. Austin Heart’s cardiologists sub-specialize in every diagnostic and treatment area of cardiovascular disease, America’s No. 1 killer—interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vein disease, sleep disorders, erectile dysfunction, imaging, women’s cardiovascular health and a nationally recognized research department. To learn more about Austin Heart physicians, or to schedule an appointment, visit AustinHeart.com