Basic Research Into Human Stem Cell Biology


Key Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients with cardiovascular disease who are identified by their treating physicians and referred to the study

Full Study Name

Basic Science Research in Stem Cell Biology Using Cardiac Samples From Patients With Cardiovascular Disease (IRB no. 14713)


This study will examine heart tissue samples from individuals whose treating physician has recommended cardiac surgery for coronary bypass, or to repair or replace a heart valve for clinically indicated purposes. The purpose of the study is to learn more about a newly discovered type of heart stem cell. Researchers will examine these cells to determine whether they have the ability to grow and improve the heart function of damaged hearts. The study also aims to learn more about newly discovered spherical clusters of these heart stem cells known as cardiospheres.

Principal Investigator

Eduardo Marbán, MD