Studying Bears to Help Humans


The University of Minnesota Foundation has featured MSI PI Paul Iaizzo, a professor of surgery in the Medical School, in a recent article on their website. By studying bears and their hibernation habits, Professor Iaizzo is learning about how the bears’ physiology allows them to hibernate without developing medical problems, such as blood clots, that occur in bedridden patients.

Professor Iaizzo uses MSI to support his research into developing ways to help ailing hearts. He is currently creating computer models of electric fields from pacemakers placed in different positions.