Understanding Bear Hibernation to Advance Human Medicine


The research of MSI PI Paul Iaizzo, a professor in the Department of Surgery and Principal Investigator of the Visible Heart Lab, was featured recently on Twin Cities tv station KMSP-TV. Professor Iaizzo and his team are studying hibernating black bears to try to understand how they can survive several months of complete inactivity without experiencing physical decline. The researchers hope this research will provide insights that will advance human medicine. Professor Iaizzo uses MSI for analysis of the blood lipids of hibernating bears as well as for creating computational models of the cardiac cycle and ablation.

See the story on the KMSP-TV website: BEAR WEEK: Researchers look to hibernating bears for advancements in human medicine.

The story was also posted by Minnesota Public Radio news via the Associated Press: Heart researchers study bear hibernation.