CERN Colloquium

The New Science of the Heart

by Prof. Sian Harding (Imperial College London)

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Sian Harding is Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London. She has been Head of the Cardiovascular Division there, and Director of the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine Centre. Her work has focused on the myocardium in heart failure, especially beta-adrenergic mechanisms.
Sian Harding shows how new scientific developments are opening up the mysteries of the heart. And this explosion of new science—ultrafast imaging, gene editing, stem cells, artificial intelligence, and advanced sub-light microscopy—has crucial, real-world consequences for health and well-being.
She describes the evolutionary forces that have shaped the heart's response to damage, the rejuvenating power of stem cells, how we can avoid heart disease, and why it can be so hard to repair a damaged heart. It tells the stories of patients who have had the devastating experiences of a heart attack, chaotic heart rhythms, or stress-induced acute heart failure, and it describes how cutting-edge technologies are enabling experiments and clinical trials that will lead us to new solutions to the worldwide scourge of heart disease.

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Tullio Basaglia