Heart patients may experience fewer traumas with new invention

May 18, 2017

In his clinical and research work, Gammie has focused on the surgical treatment of heart valve disease. He performs more than 200 mitral valve operations per year and is part of a cardiac surgery team that handles more than 1,000 open heart cases each year.

In related work, Gammie has refined a radically different beating-heart procedure for the treatment of aortic stenosis. Inventors from both universities presented a total of more than 20 technologies to an audience of 120 investors and advisors from the venture capital and biopharmaceutical industries at the annual joint meeting. Co-inventors of the device are Rahul S. Patel, MD, and Mehrdad Ghoreishi, MD, both also with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The researchers have worked on the technology for the past six years.

The winner of the Johns Hopkins 2011 BioMaryland LIFE Prize for the most promising technology is Sara Sukumar, PhD, co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, for inventing methylated gene biomarkers, which can better predict how patients whose breast cancers are estrogen receptor (ER) negative will respond to various treatments.

Source: University of Maryland (UM) School of Medicine

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