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New scientist joins the U

From eNews, October 2, 2003

Finding a way for ailing human hearts to heal themselves. That's essentially what Doris Taylor will do in her new position at the University of Minnesota. The prominent cell and gene therapy expert was recently appointed the U's Medtronic Bakken Chair in Cardiovascular Repair. Taylor, who made headlines in 1998 for repairing rabbit hearts with cells from their thigh muscles, comes to the U from Duke University Medical School where she is an associate professor of medicine in the cardiology division. At the U, Taylor will blend research from the University's Biomedical Engineering and Stem Cell institutes to develop novel cardiovascular technologies--ones that would treat and cure various heart ailments using molecules and cells instead of mechanical devices. "This appointment is a chance to work with leading stem cell researchers as well as top-notch cardiologists and surgeons who intimately understand cardiovascular disease and its devastating consequences," says Taylor. "The time is right to pursue the tremendous promise of new approaches to treat the number-one killer in America." The endowed position, named for Medtronic founder and pacemaker inventor Earl Bakken, is supported by more than $8 million in funds from Medtronic and the U's bioengineering department and Medical School. To learn more about stem cell research at the U, see the Stem Cell Institute Web site at For information on the U's Biomedical Engineering Institute, see Editor's note: The winter issue of M will feature a profile on Doris Taylor. The publication should arrive in your mailboxes early December. If you do not receive M but would like to, e-mail the editor at

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