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Another Big Addition to GR's Medical Mile

Another Big Addition to GR's Medical Mile
Posted February 5th, 2014 @ 3:45pm by Chuck LaTour, WOOD Radio News Team

Another landmark moment for the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Dr. Stephan Jovinge, of Sweden, will lead teams of researchers and clinicians at the Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute and Van Andel Research Institute in an effort to stimulate regenerative medicine for heart disease.

"Van Andel Research Institute is truly world-class, and Spectrum Health is among the best in the country when it comes to clinical performance in the cardiovascular area," said Jovinge. "This is very much unexplored ground. I am pleased to be part of the Fred Meijer and Holton-Lemmon cardiovacular clinic."

Richard C. Breon, President & CEO, Spectrum Health told WOOD Radio having world-class researchers led by Dr. Jovinge will further Grand Rapids reputation as a medical destination.

"It is going to really put us on the map for this kind of research. I think you are going to see people drawn to this area who want to participate in this research and people who want to get care here. I think it will be a real magnet."

In addition to basic science research, Jovinge said he will work with physicians at the Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute to assist with their own development of clinical and translational research, including opportunities to publish and present on a national level.

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