“Towards Heart Stem Cell Therapeutics”, Presentation by Dr. Kenneth R. Chien

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

 World-renowned cardiovascular scientist discusses developments in the field of regenerative medicine. Free presentations are part of the Buffmire Lecture series sponsored by the Flinn Foundation

The Tucson presentation will be held Tuesday, March 6, with the lecture from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet reception from 1 to 1:30 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. The Tucson event also will be broadcast live and archived on the Internet at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour in The University of Arizona Medical Center- University Campus visitor/patient parking garage, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., just south of the Arizona Cancer Center. For directions, visit the website www.umcarizona.org/body.cfm?id=13) For more information about the March 6 and upcoming Buffmire lectures in Tucson, contact Christy Bustillos, UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Alumni Affairs and Special Events, 520-626-6177, email cbustillos@email.arizona.edu
 
The Phoenix presentation will be held Wednesday, March 7, beginning with a meet-and-greet reception at 4 p.m.,followed by the lecture at 5 p.m., in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. (Please note: Parking is available at 714 E. Van Buren, across the street from the medical school campus.) For the Phoenix lecture, please RSVP by March 1 to Sheila Maddox, 602-827-2007, email smaddox@email.arizona.edu.
 
About Dr. Chien
 
Kenneth R. Chien, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized biologist specializing in cardiovascular science, as well as a pioneer in developing new therapeutic strategies to prevent the onset and progression of heart failure. Since July 2005, Dr. Chien has served as scientific director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, where he leads the university-wide Cardiovascular Stem Cell Biology Program. He has been awarded the first endowed chair of the Charles Addison & Elizabeth Ann Sanders Professor of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Chien directed the Institute for Molecular Medicine at the University of California at San Diego, where he is a professor emeritus and remains an adjunct professor of The Salk Institute.
 
A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Chien earned his medical degree and doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia. After completing his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he joined the faculty of the UC-San Diego Departments of Medicine and Cardiology and the Center for Molecular Genetics. Subsequently, he became director of the university’s Institute of Molecular Medicine and directed the joint UCSD-Salk Institute National Institutes of Health Molecular Medicine Training Program.
 
He has served as an advisor/panel member of several private biomedical foundations, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. He also has served as a senior consultant and board member to several biotechnology firms. His most recent accomplishments include the establishment of the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Peking University. He has received several awards, including the Pasarow Foundation Award and the Walter B. Cannon Award of the American Physiological Society.
 
About the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine
 
Initiated in 1997, the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a biannual event and includes presentations in both Phoenix and Tucson.
 
The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served as a board director for the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as president and chairman.
 
The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to non-profit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state’s biomedical research enterprise.
 
About the UA College of Medicine
 
The UA College of Medicine (http://medicine.arizona.edu) is the only allopathic medical college in Arizona. Beginning in 1967 with a class of 32 students on its Tucson campus, the college today encompasses full, four-year medical-education programs in Tucson and in Phoenix.

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