We have created a library of short Video clips to allow you to visualize the beating human heart, all the valve actions, the contractions of atria and ventricles, and the architecture of the heart as it beats. The video clips include those from 14 human hearts that we have reanimated to date, as well as still images from additional human hearts that were perfusion fixed; that is, they were preserved so to maintain their shape at the end stages of filling.Start with the "Website Tutorial" to understand how to use the site. His videos contain truly remarkable images of the incredible inner workings of the human heart.
These experimental procedures and research protocols were reviewed and approved by the University of Minnesota Institutional Review Board. Human hearts for this project were obtained both as generous gifts from LifeSource Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization, Inc, St. Paul, Minnesota and the Anatomy Bequest Program of the University of Minnesota. This research is made possible due to the generous gifts of individuals whose hearts have been donated for research purposes. Their final act of generosity will enhance understanding of the inner workings of the human heart and contribute to lifesaving advances in cardiac medicine.
Thanks for posting this! I have worked with Paul for the last year, on an anesthesia-related project. He is a remarkable researcher, but is a very gifted and well-respected teacher as well. He is always looking for ways to bring the benefits of his research to more people, and I know he will be grateful for your help. The VH project is truly remarkable.
As an interesting footnote, the VH lab is the same operating suite in which Dr. Lillihei performed the first open-heart surgeries.
I stopped by the booth at ACC.
This was utterly amazing. A lot of people were oohing and ahhing over the images.
Plan on viewing more now that I'm home.
I was in a hurry when I made my earlier post - I meant to say "NOT ONLY is he a remarkable researcher, but he is a gifted and well-respected teacher as well." Just in case there's any confusion :)
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