United States Congress
Louis Terracio, Associate Dean for Research, has received a
$663,250 grant from the National Heart, Lung & Blood
Institute (NHLBI) to bioengineer an artificial
heart muscle that could eventually be used
to repair damaged human hearts. The experimental
muscle is designed to be used to patch damaged heart
ventricles and could also be implanted in children born with
missing heart muscle because of congenital heart disease.
The grant provides
Dr. Terracio with three years of funding to continue to develop
an experimental cardiac muscle that bobs around a laboratory culture
dish much like a human heart. Dr. Terracio believes that a video
he made showing the tiny muscle moving around the dish may have
helped to distinguish his proposal from the more than 100 other
applications submitted to NHLBI for cardiovascular tissue engineering.
His was one of 20 successful NHLBI applications.
demonstrated that we had created significant-sized pieces of tissue
that beat spontaneously and move around in the culture,” explains
To view the
video, go to http://www.nyu.edu/dental/research/faculty/terraciocardiac.mov