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May 1, 2014
An Underground Lab at the Heart of Cardiovascular Innovation
Designing medical devices requires more than textbook knowledge. Here are some insights on hands-on learning from our visit to the Visible Heart Lab.
January 7, 2014
U of M Researches Connection Between Black Bears and Heart Health in Humans
Could black bears really help humans when it comes to heart health? University of Minnesota researcher Paul Iaizzo says during hibernation, black bears heart rates increase significantly when they breath in, but drop down to just a couple breaths per minute as they exhale.
October 14, 2013
Why Paul Iaizzo does what he does
Paul Iaizzo was featured in an Academic Health Center video where he talks about the work being performed in the Visible Heart Lab.
August 5, 2013
Whole Body Donations Help Teach Future Doctors
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak’s aunt Barbara passed away earlier this year, and his aunt Connie passed in 2009. Both were life-long nurses, and each chose to donate their body to science instead of being buried or cremated.
April 9, 2013
Next Generation of Lifesaving Devices Could Come from Conference at U of M
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA —The University of Minnesota is hosting the 12th Design of Medical Devices Conference. The conference was created in 2001 to gather the best and brightest minds to share information and develop new ideas.With more than 1200 physicians, designers and engineers expected to attend, the conference is the largest of its kind.
December 22, 2012
Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota in Photos, MPR photos of the year
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA — A swine heart is monitored in the Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 5, 2012. The Visible Heart Lab, which uses reanimated mammalian hearts for research and education, has been operating for 15 years. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)
October 29, 2012
University of Minnesota Medical School, Medical Bulletin - Inside the beating heart
Paul Iaizzo, Ph.D., Director of the University of Minnesota's Visible Heart Laboratory, has given the medical world a unique, never-before-seen view inside the beating heart.
October 29, 2012
University of Minnesota Medical School, Medical Bulletin - Black Bear: Medical Marvel
U researcher heads to the woods to learn more about the human heart.
June 26, 2012
Laboratory Profiles: Visible Heart Laboratory- IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
The Visible Heart Laboratory was featured in a laboratory profile from the IEEE.
April 15, 2012
Where Engineering Meets Imagination- IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
Students learn about the career of biomedical engineering through some of the latest advancements in the field.
January 27, 2012
Minnesota Sounds and Voices: Paul Iaizzo is the Visible Heart Lab's beating core
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota's Visible Heart lab is the only place in the world where researchers can study beating hearts outside the body, and Paul Iaizzo, who runs the hi-tech facility, says it can sometimes feel as though he's working in an episode of "ER."
October 25, 2011
Cutting edge research being done at U of M lab filled with hearts
MINNEAPOLIS - There's an unusual and unique lab at the University of Minnesota filled with human and animal hearts. You'll also find experts there who can get a heart beating again.
August 17, 2011
Beware the black bear – even if it looks asleep
Even in hibernation the heart rate of a bear will increase if it senses humans
June 7, 2011
Understanding bears could help us survive heart attacks, researchers say
Minneapolis - University of Minnesota researchers think lessons learned from hibernating black bears will help save human lives in a unique study that could someday improve the odds of surviving a heart attack.
March 15, 2011
Photos: Bear research in northwestern Minnesota
Minnesota black bears are on the move in northwest Minnesota. Bears are expanding their range out of forested areas, into farmland. Researchers are trying to learn more about how and why these bears are adapting to a new habitat where bears traditionally did not live.
February 23, 2011
A Look Inside: The Visible Heart® Laboratory seeks solutions for muscle atrophy
How Visible Heart research and the study of the hibernation habits of black bears could lead to remarkable translational clinical science
February 23, 2011
Collaboration: The heart of scientific discovery
Within the U of M's Visible Heart® Laboratory, researchers and device manufacturers partner to develop the medical advancements of tomorrow.
February 14, 2011
Bringing Dead Hearts Back To Life
Horizon: How To Mend A Broken Heart - BBC Two
Scientists at the University of Minnesota have perfected a technique for re-animating dead hearts. By studying a visible beating heart, the scientists hope to gain a remarkable insight into its function. In this clip Prof. Paul Iaizzo uses a pig's heart to demostrate the re-animation process.
January 20, 2011
Good Question: How Does Hibernation Work?
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - Most of us have a cartoony image of hibernation: Yogi Bear snoozing away under the giant Redwood tree. But in Ely, Minnesota, Lily the bear is showing signs of labor. She's about to give birth, in the middle of hibernating. So what happens during hibernation?
January 6, 2011
U of M Bear Study Could Help Critical Care Patients
Researchers at the University of Minnesota hope that what they are learning about bears could help them fight atrophy of the muscles in humans.
December 26, 2010
Can dormant bears help us heal?
Hibernation research might someday help humans recover from injury or disease.
April 30, 2010
Visible Heart Laboratory
Learn about research going on at the Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota.
April 29, 2010
U researchers get inside look at heart
In a lab in the basement of a University of Minnesota building, researchers have performed heart transplants with humans, swine, canines and guinea pigs acting as donors. But the recipient of the different transplant hearts always stays the same.
March 14, 2010
Learning from the bears
NEAR PLUMMER, Minn. - She's not really aware of it, but the mother bear hibernating with her three cubs in this inconspicuous den in southern Pennington County is one high-tech mama.
March 9, 2010
Black Bear Research May Revolutionize Medicine
In a University of Minnesota research laboratory, the thumping sounds of a beating heart can be heard throughout the room. But it's what you see that is so amazing. Resting on a thick pad of yellow foam, attached to wires and plastic tubing is an actual swine heart pulsating in a constant cadence.
January 6, 2009
10 Lessons Medicine Can Learn from Bears
From osteoporosis to heart disease to pregnancy, there's a lot bears are teaching scientists.
August 28, 2008
U lab puts human hearts in the hands of fairgoers to spark interest in science
An exhibit todayat the Minnesota State Fair will offer what's likely a first: the chance to see -- and even handle -- human hearts.
April 1, 2008
Real Hearts, Remarkable Images
If you've ever wanted to see the heart from within, you must see the work of Paul A. Iaizzo, PhD from the University of Minnesota. On this website are images obtained from actual human hearts removed before organ donation and bathed with perfusate and nutrients in Dr. Iaizzo's lab, permitting the heart to continue beating approximately 4-5 hours after it was removed to obtain these incredible images using tiny fiberoptic cameras placed within the heart chambers. His work was supported by a grant from Medtronic, Inc.
October 12, 2005
Apollo health career students visit research lab
Did you know that the U of M is one of the leading institutes for cardiac research in the U.S.?
March 9, 2005
Device and Conquer
Matters of the heart are seen in a unique way in the Visible Heart Laboratory.
January 11, 2005
Sleeping It Off: How Animals Use Hibernation, And Other Cold-Weather Survival Strategies, To Stay Alive
If you wish you could hibernate for the winter instead of facing minus-20 windchillls every day, blame our distant ancestors.
March 14, 2003
Those Cuddly Camp Ripley Bears
They are cute but they also represent interesting science.