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Video from Dr. Doris Taylor on Exploring Cardiac Repair in Women at the Cellular Level
Texas Heart Institute received the Alpha Phi Foundation’s 2017 Heart to Heart Grant to fund research led by Doris Taylor, PhD. Learn more about this study and how it could unveil critical insights to improve heart care in women.

November 28, 2017
Fellow Receives Two Awards at Annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Meeting
Congratulations to our Regenerative Medicine Research post-doctoral fellow Dr. Fernanda Mesquita, who received two awards from the American Heart Association and was honored at their annual Scientific Sessions meeting.
THI Research Indicates New Blood Pressure Guidelines Greatly Impact Women in the Houston Area
Last week new guidelines were released that redefine hypertension (high blood pressure), which is a leading cause of heart failure, stroke and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, the change means 46 percent of U.S. adults will now be identified as having high blood pressure. In the Houston area – which is home to the Texas Heart Institute – the percentage of women with hypertension could be even higher based on research conducted by the Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health.

November 10, 2017
Dr. David A. Ott honored with the 2017 University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award

Over the course of his career, Dr. Ott, Surgeon-in-Chief at THI, has performed more than 20,000 heart and vascular procedures, earning a strong reputation for his technical expertise in the field of cardiovascular surgery. On Friday November 10, he attended the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Awards at University of Texas where he was honored for his professional achievements as one of the world’s most experienced heart surgeons.

September 15, 2017
THI Kicks Off its International Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine
Texas Heart Institute kicked off the first day of its International Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine with a keynote address from Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt, followed by an overview of the state of cardiovascular medicine and research by THI President Emeritus James T. Willerson, MD. The symposium covers the current landscape and development of clinical regenerative medicine, drawing on the expertise and experiences from leaders in the field both nationally and internationally.

June 27, 2017
Dr. Doris Taylor Honored by Peers for Leadership in Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Doris Taylor, Texas Heart Institute’s Regenerative Medicine Laboratories Director, was honored at the 14th International Symposium on Stem Cell Therapy and Cardiovascular Innovations in Madrid, Spain, this month, receiving the 4th Madrid Award for Excellence in Basic and Preclinical Cardiovascular Regenerative Research.

June 22, 2017
THI Team Makes Discovery That Puts Heart Regeneration One Step Closer to Reality

Researchers in Texas Heart Institute’s Cardiomyocyte Renewal Laboratory published study results in the high-impact journal Nature which unveil new insights in the functionality of the Hippo pathway – a genetic pathway related to heart regeneration that was previously discovered by the lab’s researchers. The study revealed a direct correlation between the dystrophin glycoprotein complex (DGC) and the Hippo pathway, which inhibits cardiomyocyte proliferation, thereby restricting the heart’s ability to repair itself after injury.

June 5, 2017
Texas Team Debuts Battery-Less Pacemaker
A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient's heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice University and Texas Heart Institute (THI) at the IEEE's International Microwave Symposium this week.

May 23, 2017
Video Interview with Dr. Doris Taylor on Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of THI’s Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratories and the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, met with Dr. Lino Gonçalves, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Coimbra University and member of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology, during the organization's annual congress to discuss regenerative medicine and progress she has made to advance the field of cardiovascular care.

May 22, 2017
THI Recognized for Support of Gold Award Recipients
Texas Heart Institute was recognized as a partner at a recent Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award Ceremony for two Houston-based Gold Award recipients.

March 16, 2017
Dr. James T. Willerson Named President Emeritus of Texas Heart Institute

Texas Heart Institute, one of the world’s leading cardiovascular research and education institutes, named Dr. James T. Willerson as President Emeritus, a role formerly held by the late Dr. Denton A. Cooley.

March 15, 2017
National Heart Month at Texas Heart Institute a Great Success

Every year Texas Heart Institute supports a number of education and community outreach initiatives in honor of American Heart Month. This year's activities were a huge success thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen. Learn more about how the Institute supported Heart Month and helped to raise heart health awareness. 

February 28, 2017
Texas Heart Institute Receives Grant from Alpha Phi Foundation for Cellular Differences Study in Men and Women

Texas Heart Institute is proud to announce it is the recipient of the 2017 Heart to Heart Grant from Alpha Phi Foundation. The $100,000 grant will fund Dr. Doris Taylor’s study which aims to make strides in the study of heart disease and the cellular differences between men and women.

February 8, 2017
World-Renowned Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins Staff at Texas Heart Institute

Dr. Joseph Lamelas is the most experienced minimally invasive heart valve surgeon in the world, and this month he joined the ranks of other internationally recognized cardiovascular specialists as a member of Texas Heart Institute’s (THI) professional staff.

February 1, 2017
Texas Heart Institute Recruiting Patients with Ischemic Heart Failure for Adult Stem Cell Clinical Trial

Physicians and researchers at Texas Heart Institute are recruiting patients who suffer from heart failure to participate in the first ever clinical study of combination adult stem cell therapy in cardiovascular medicine. Adult cell therapy has been studied in patients with heart disease with an excellent safety profile, though a combination of two cell types has not yet been evaluated in cardiovascular disease.

January 19, 2017
Texas Heart Institute launches Unparalleled Collaboration to Lead Research on Vascular Diseases in Women
THI, in conjunction with other Texas Medical Center-based partners, has launched an innovative research program specifically designed to increase knowledge and understanding of vascular diseases in women. The new program - The Women’s Research and Training Program at the Texas Heart Institute Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health - also will include a first-of-it’s-kind fellowship training opportunity.

January 11, 2017
Dr. James Willerson writes In Memoriam for Dr. Denton Cooley
Dr. James T. Willerson wrote a touching In Memoriam for the late Dr. Denton A. Cooley, highlighting our founder's legendary contributions to the medical field and the community. The article was published in the January 2017 issue of the American Heart Association's journal Circulation Research.

December 12, 2016

Dr. David Ott receives 2016 Ray C. Fish Award
Cardiovascular surgeon honored by Texas Heart Institute for contributions to surgery.

November 18, 2016
World-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer, Dr. Denton A. Cooley, passes at age 96
Friends and colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute, join with his family in mourning the death of world-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Denton A. Cooley.

Dr. Luiz Sampaio Named New Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratory
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Luiz Sampaio has been promoted to Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratory at Texas Heart Institute (THI). He will work closely with Dr. O.H. Frazier who co-directs the lab.

November 3, 2016
Houston chef Amanda DeJesus celebrated the 13th anniversary of her heart transplant in October.
We are so proud of our own Texas Heart Institute ambassador and heart-health Chef Amanda DeJesus who has been recognized by the AHA for her hard work and inspiring mission to share important culinary tips on the national stage. - American Heart Association News

November 3, 2016
The University of Texas at Arlington Pikes Host Event Supporting THI
The Eta Upsilon chapter of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity will host their 2nd annual Homerun for the Heart event in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

November 2, 2016
Texas Heart Institute Recruiting Patients with Anthracycline-Induced Cardiomyopathy for Adult Stem Cell Clinical Trial
Study could lead to new treatments for a disease with limited options today

October 26, 2016
Dr. Doris Taylor honored
Presented with American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Distinguished Alumnus Award. For more than four decades, AASCU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award has been presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in her or his field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. - AASCU

October 21, 2016
Mrs. Denton A. Cooley passed away Friday, October 21, 2016.
A memorial service took place for Louise Goldsborough Thomas Cooley at St. John the Divine Church. View obituary (PDF).

THI Dr. Doris Taylor is a pioneer
Using regenerative medicine for organ repair using stem cells. - Houston Chronicle

THI Dr. James Martin has a theory 
Might it be possible to flip a genetic switch in humans to make heart muscles regenerate? - Houston Chronicle

September 23, 2016
James T. Willerson Honored with Proclamations from Houston Mayor’s Office and The Senate of the State of Texas

Texas Heart Institute Receives Top Recognition for Continuing Medical Education
THI has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation for the next six years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Stem Cell Tourism Near and Far: Achieving a Compromise for the Patient
Thu, Sep. 22, 2016, 8 am - 9:30 am
James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University

Texas Heart Institute Study Reveals Genes Critical To Heart Repair After Cardiac Injury
Researchers in Cardiomyocyte Renewal Lab pave the way for new discovery

Engineered Stem Cells Show Promise for New Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease
Texas Heart Institute researchers are seeing positive results on a novel approach to treating peripheral arterial disease through the use of engineered stem cells produced at THI’s Molecular Cardiology Research Lab. Read more about how our researchers are innovating to find news ways to treat cardiovascular diseases through stem cell therapies.

Innovation for All, Even at 101 Years Old
Samuel Henderson lives in Louisiana, and enjoys spending time working on his ranch. At “101 years young,” there seems to be little that slows Mr. Henderson down. At 101, this man had an EVAR for abdominal aortic aneurysm and a TAVR to replace aortic valve.

The Texas Heart Institute Elects New Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Eric Wade
THI announced the appointment of Eric D. Wade as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Wade, a partner in the litigation practice group of Porter Hedges LLP, succeeds David Grimes who will continue to serve on the Board as a Trustee. Wade has provided legal counsel to Texas Heart for more than 15 years.

February 23, 2016
Denton A. Cooley Leadership Award dinner
Reviving its prestigious Denton A. Cooley Leadership Award dinner, the Texas Heart Institute enjoyed the prowess of medical big guns and military might to deliver proceeds of more than $700,000. The evening honored retired four-star admiral William McRaven, who now serves as University of Texas System chancellor. Photos and story on CultureMap.

January 19, 2016
Clinical Study Using Plasmid DNA Gene Therapy Gives Hope to Critical Limb Ischemia Patients
A new clinical study published in the January issue of Gene Therapy reports the promising results of an innovative DNA-based gene therapy that may offer a potential therapeutic option for a disease with unmet medical needs

Dr. Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD, receives 2016 Ray C. Fish Award at 15th annual Texas Update in Cardiovascular Advancements Symposium
Cardiovascular surgeon and Cleveland Clinic president honored by Texas Heart Institute for scientific achievements, contributions to healthcare.

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Index of Collected Papers of THI professional staff  

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Women's Heart Health E-News "Straight Talk" by Dr. Stephanie Coulter 

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