Rebuilding dying hearts: Meet the STAT Madness 2018 crowd favorite

After weeks of stiff competition, and some down-to-the wire finishes, you voted this research your favorite. Read on.

We have a winner!

A team of scientists at East Carolina University who are challenging dogma that says once heart cells are deprived of oxygen, they cannot recover, has emerged as the crowd favorite of STAT Madness 2018.

The team, led by Jitka Virag, associate professor of physiology, beat a group from Children’s National Health System in Washington that created a facial analysis technology that matches a child’s features to patterns found in genetic syndromes, accurately detecting differences among diverse populations.

Virag said she was thrilled with the news.

This has been quite a journey! I’m so grateful and humbled by the incredible support from Brody and ECU faculty, students, and staff as

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