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Mark Mewissen, MD, collaborates with Daniel Ortiz, MD, recipient of the Sullivan Cardiac Research Award for Residents and Fellows

Mark Mewissen, MD, collaborates with Daniel Ortiz, MD, recipient of the Sullivan Cardiac Research Award for Residents and Fellows

To provide the best outcomes for their patients, Aurora Health Care doctors balance research and teaching with expert care.

“These talented physicians from the best medical centers and fellowship programs provide clinical care, conduct research and pass on that knowledge to the next generation of practitioners,” said Randall Lambrecht, PhD, president of Aurora Research Institute and the senior vice president of Academic Relations for Aurora Health Care.

Building on 20 years of experience in cellular therapy, Aurora researchers are studying investigational stem cell treatment options to restore normal heart and artery functions through clinical trials. Additionally, investigator initiated research is also focused on studying brain cancer stem cells to develop new treatment options.

Research associate Anne-Marie McAnelly stores brain cancer samples in an ultra-low-temperature freezer (-80° C)

Research associate Anne-Marie McAnelly stores brain cancer samples in an ultra-low-temperature freezer (-80° C)

“The Regenerative Medicine Center integrates research and clinical care in an environment conducive to innovation,” Dr. Lambrecht said. “Physicians and research scientists work together to develop personalized approaches to treat diseases, learning from the patient’s own body and its ability to recognize and fight disease, then heal and regenerate.”

The Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center (BSRC), which houses Aurora’s brain cancer stem cell bank, provides tissue and blood samples for research uses ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to ovarian cancer to congestive heart failure.

Dr. Lambrecht’s team supports the research efforts of fellows – doctors seeking advanced training in a particular specialty.

Thanks to a $1 million donation from Tim and Vivian Sullivan, the institute offers the Sullivan Cardiac Research Award for Residents and Fellows in interventional cardiology.

Daniel Ortiz, MD, received the first Sullivan award as a resident in 2014. His research successes gave him a boost that made him a top candidate for the 2015-16 Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, based at Aurora St. Luke’s.

“Dr. Ortiz’s research has led to development of a tool that stratifies patients at greatest risk for bleeding during treatment for peripheral vascular disease,” Dr. Lambrecht said. “This tool allows better management of patients and improved outcomes.”

imagine_logoYou can make a gift to support this research through the Imagine the Future Signature Gala on Saturday, September 12. Proceeds benefit Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center’s efforts to advance medical discovery and provide access to quality care at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. Go to give.aurora.org/imagine to learn more and make a gift.

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