Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
David James Pinato
PIERO ANVERSA IS a distinguished investigator in the field of cardiovascular applications of stem cell research. His work contributed to a paradigm shift about cardiac physiology, strengthening the position that conceives of the heart as a self—renewing organ. He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He gained his medical degree at the University of Parma in 1965, where he worked as assistant professor of pathology until 1980. In the early 1980s, he started his collaboration with the New York Medical College, where he was appointed professor of medicine in microbiology, immunology, and pathology. In 1985 Dr. Anversa permanently moved to United States, where he currently holds the office of director of the New York Medical College Cardiovascular Research Institute and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine. Piero Anversa made a great effort to change the widespread conception of the heart as a terminally differentiated postmitotic organ, incapable of ...