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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Program from Mayo Clinic

Regenerative Medicine

January 24, 2017

Using Regenerative Medicine to Find Answers for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

The goal of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is to discover how regenerative medicine, also known as the use of stem cells, can make HLHS hearts bigger, better and stronger in order to delay or even prevent heart failure. In the video below, Dr. Timothy Nelson, director, […]

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Tags: CHD, clinical trials, Dr. Timothy Nelson, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Mayo Clinic, regenerative medicine, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, umbilical cord blood


May 19, 2016

The Possibilities of Bone Marrow Stem Cells

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

Today, researchers and clinicians are using regenerative medicine to repair unhealthy tissues. By using stem cells from within the body, doctors surgically deliver these stem cells into damaged tissues to begin the regenerate process.  Stem cells are the body’s basic materials that grow into new tissues. There are two primary types of stem cells: embryonic […]

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Tags: bone marrow, bone marrow stem cells, clinical trials, HLHS, regenerative medicine, stem cell, stem cells, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome


March 29, 2016

Helping the HLHS Heart Grow Stronger

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

Our main goal at the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is to delay and prevent heart failure for individuals with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  Determining what works best for individuals wouldn’t be possible without HLHS patients and family members participating in the research. Without people like you, we wouldn’t […]

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Tags: bone marrow, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Mayo Clinic, regenerative medicine, research, stem cell, stem cells, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, umbilical cord blood


March 15, 2016

Japanese Cell Therapy Study Demonstrates Impressive Results in the HLHS Field

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

In the first clinical study of its kind, researchers at Okayama University Hospital in Japan have published groundbreaking results using stem cells in HLHS children. The researchers published two papers—one with patient results at 18 months and then again at 3 years. (Read the full studies here and here). The study is not only the […]

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Tags: cell based therapies, cell therapy, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, regenerative therapy, stem cells, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome


January 19, 2016

Using Cell-Based Therapies to Shape the Future of HLHS

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

Here at the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, we are working on new ways to delay and prevent heart failure for individuals with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). In order to do that, we are studying cell-based treatments, human genetics and advanced imaging techniques along with creating the world’s largest biorepository for […]

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Tags: CHD, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Mayo Clinic, regenerative medicine, stem cell, stem cells, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome


November 6, 2015

Clinical Trial Collaboration between Mayo Clinic and University of Oklahoma

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

We are excited to announce that The Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) at Mayo Clinic and the University of Oklahoma are entering into a partnership to expand the HLHS umbilical cord clinical trial. This exciting collaboration makes it possible for more children with HLHS to participate in ground-breaking […]

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Tags: clinical trials, collaboration, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Mayo Clinic, partnership, University of Oklahoma


September 10, 2015

Misconceptions of Stem Cell Research

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

We frequently get asked questions about stem cells since part of our HLHS research uses cell-based therapy to help delay and even prevent heart transplants. Below are a few questions and answers that will help clarify exactly what stem cells are and their important role in research. What are stem cells? Stem cells are the […]

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Tags: CHD, clinical trials, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, regenerative medicine, regenerative therapy, stem cells


March 4, 2015

Carleton College Wins 2015 Gold IMPACT Award

By Suzanne Ferguson suzannerferguson

A Carleton College team won the gold award for their IMPACT hypothesis along with $1000 per student and the chance to pursue an active collaboration with researchers in the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Teams from Century College and Carleton College took home silver awards while the College […]

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Tags: Carlton College, CHD, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, IMPACT, Mayo Clinic, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome


October 1, 2014

The Possibilities of Bone Marrow Stem Cells

By Jennifer Miller jenmiller

Stem cells are the body’s basic materials that can grow into new tissues.  There are different types of stem cells: embryonic, perinatal, bioengineered and adult stem cells.   Embryonic stem cells are used during normal human development to produce all of the tissues in our bodies. They also produce all of the adult stem cells […]

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Tags: bone marrow, congenital heart defects, heart transplant, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, regenerative medicine, regenerative therapy, stem cells, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Todd and Karen Wanek Program for HLHS


January 21, 2013

A Piece of My Heart, From My Arm

By jthebiay jthebiay

In case you missed it, check out Nightline reporter Bill Weir’s return visit to Mayo Clinic.  Dr. Timothy Nelson and the entire Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS team are currently using the technology shown in his video below, in conjunction with genetics research and clinical research, to gain insight into Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and to ultimately develop innovative treatment […]

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Tags: Bill Weir, Dr. Timothy Nelson, half of a heart, HLHS, iPS, Mayo Clinic, Nightline, research, Sophie, stem cell


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