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Cedars-Sinai researchers to present findings at Amerian College of Cardiology Scientific Meeting

o Dr. P.K. Shah from the Steven S. Cohen Heart Fund, now known as the Heart Fund at Cedars-Sinai.

YOUNG INVESTIGATORS AWARD COMPETITION

Two postdoctoral research fellows in cardiac electrophysiology at Cedars-Sinai have qualified as finalists in the ACCs Young Investigators Award competition. They and other finalists will present findings of studies before a panel of judges who will decide the award winner.

Hui-Nam Pak, M.D., will report that mesenchymal stem cell transplantation results in cardiac nerve sprouting, the growth of heart nerves. Akira Hamabe, M.D., will present research showing that rapid electrical stimulation in the left atrium results in sustained atrial fibrillation and cardiac sympathetic nerve sprouting. Both of these studies were conducted in animals and in collaboration with other physicians and faculty at Cedars-Sinai, UCLA, USC and Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles.

The ACCs 51st Annual Scientific Session and the ACC Interventional Symposium are being held in Atlanta from March 17 through 20. Additional information is available at the ACC Web site at http://www.acc.org/2002ann_meeting/home_02.htm.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the largest non-profit academic medical centers in the Western United States. For the fifth straight two-year period, Cedars-Sinai has been named Southern California's gold standard in health care in an independent survey. Cedars-Sinai is internationally renowned for its diagnostic and treatment capabilities and its broad spectrum of programs and services, as well as breakthrough in biomedical research and superlative medical education. Named one of the 100 "Most Wired" hospitals in health care in 2001, the Medical Center ranks among the top 10 non-university hospitals in the nation for its research activities.


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