Heart of the matter

THE Rotary Club of Ely was addressed by Judy Vivian, daughter of member Roy, and Ena Fernie, on Wednesday, who has an interesting job in California working on research into heart conditions, and has lectured Rotary previously on this subject. This time th

THE Rotary Club of Ely was addressed by Judy Vivian, daughter of member Roy, and Ena Fernie, on Wednesday, who has an interesting job in California working on research into heart conditions, and has lectured Rotary previously on this subject.

This time the subject was stem cells, which have been reported on recently in the national press and on television.

She held her audience captivated as she described her work with stem cells, with her colleague Dr Federico Benetti, an Argentinian cardiac surgeon.She described how stem cells can be extended to be used in the case of heart failure, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, and diabetes. We were told that Dr Benetti is a pioneer in this field of cardiac surgery, and worked with Judy developing beating heart surgery for 10 years, and more recently they have been developing stem cell therapies for heart patients, and now extending that to diabetes, spinal cord injuries and Parkinson's disease.


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