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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Indianapolis Public Library: ‘The Unbelievable True Story of Regrowing The Heart’

Feb. 9 event focuses on acclaimed work of St. Francis Health cardiovascular surgeon

INDIANAPOLIS – Some patients are finding new life in surgical procedures using innovative biomaterial technology that combines the innate attributes of nature with the precision of science to help patients’ regrow their own heart tissue.

That innovation, which was pioneered at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center by Marc W. Gerdisch, MD, is the focus of The Indianapolis Public Library’s latest installment of its Lilly Scientist in Residence Series Winter 2013. The series – which gears its presentations to youngsters, teens and families – features scientists from local health institutions who share their expertise and real-life experiences in these highly visual and interactive demonstration.

Gerdisch, is the chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the St. Francis Heart Center, a partner of Cardiac Surgery Associates and the surgical director of the Heart Valve Center and Atrial Fibrillation Center at Franciscan St. Francis Health.  He is an independent physician who chooses to practice at Franciscan St. Francis Health, and has presented nationally and internationally on new technology in cardiac surgery and surgical treatment of heart disease.

The event gets under way at 2 p.m. in Clowes Auditorium at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Also on the program is Guy Hansen, Lilly Scientist in Residence, whose presentation will parallel Gerdisch’s discussion.

To register or for more information about the Feb. 9 program or any of the Lilly Scientist in Residence series call 317-275-4222.

Complementing these special programs are ongoing Science Odyssey activities for young people in Central Library’s Learning Curve through May 2013. Fun brain-building activities known as “The Human Body Puzzle,” sponsored by the IOPO Foundation, will use laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more to explore the human body and will be led by Learning Curve Activity Guides.

Programs are  presented each weekend with Saturday programs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday activities from 1 – 4 p.m. In addition, a unique exhibit in the Learning Curve’s Program Wall will feature the latest innovations in the treatment of heart disease at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center