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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville has received a nearly $3.5 million grant to study the effects of stem cells on the nation's number one killer -- heart disease.
The first real-world cases at the university started in the fall of 2012 when Dr. Roberto Bolli and his team infused 16 adult heart failure patients with their own stem cells.
Dead heart tissue in all 16 patients was successfully regenerated.
Hundreds of new patients wanted to be a part of this new procedure, and with the grant money will allow the university to conduct more studies.
"Dr. Bolli's work is an example of the University of Louisville's research -- not just research for the sake of doing research, but research to improve the quality of life for the people of our community our state."
Since joining U of L in 1999 Dr. Bolli has helped the school land more than $100 million in research grants.