January/February 2008

Cardiovascular Innovation Institute Receives $2 Million Grant

The Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, Louisville, Ky., received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new tissue-printing technology. The Institute is a partnership between the University of Louisville and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, Louisville. The Institute has created a tissue printing tool that patterns and organizes tissue grown in a lab for tissue engineering applications, such as implantation. Researchers hope to develop a system that can analyze and recreate a network of small blood vessels that would provide blood supply to tissue grown in a lab. When doctors would implant the tissue, it would hook itself to the existing network of arteries and veins to start healing right away.