Page 36

Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

MEET SOME GIANTS IN THE WORLD OF NANO CARDIOLOGY The Kostas Center will be directed by Houston Methodist Research Institute President & CEO Mauro Ferrari, PhD, and Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center Medical Director Alan B. Lumsden, MD, who, along with the executive committee, will guide the center’s development, approve new research initiatives and initiate collaborative ventures that will transform cardiovascular nanomedicine. The center’s program and working group leaders include some of Houston Methodist’s best nanotechnology researchers and cardiovascular physicians and surgeons, such as Guillermo Torre- Amione, MD, PhD, Elvin Blanco, PhD, Miguel Valderrábano, MD, John Cooke, MD, PhD, Ennio Tasciotti, PhD, William Zoghbi, MD, and Paolo Decuzzi, PhD. The groups are designed to work in sequence, a bit like runners in a relay race, to translate discoveries quickly into technologies for human clinical trials. One possible area of investigation is the use of nontoxic, silicon-based nanoparticles to dismantle and disperse the fatty plaques that often form along the inner sides of blood vessels. These plaques contribute to hypertension. When larger plaques are dislodged, they can cause blockages downstream, leading to heart attacks and strokes. “There is no other nanomedicine center of this magnitude in any academic medical center,” sa ys Research Institute President & CEO Mauro Ferari, PhD. “Thanks to the Kostas famil y’s vision and generosity, we now have the potential to improve treatments for patients with cardiovascular disease on a global level.” 34 Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
To see the actual publication please follow the link above