The Network

We are a network of physicians, scientists, and support staff dedicated to studying stem cell therapy for treating heart disease.  The goals of the Network are to complete research studies that will potentially lead to more effective treatments for patients with cardiovascular disease, and to share knowledge quickly with the healthcare community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CCTRN is to achieve public health advances for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, through the conduct and dissemination of collaborative research leading to evidence-based treatment options and improved outcome for patients with heart disease.

Who is the sponsor?

CCTRN is sponsored and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which is one of 27 institutes/centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supports research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. The NHLBI plans and directs research in the development and evaluation of interventions and devices related to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients suffering from such diseases and disorders.

The CCTRN Data Coordinating Center is located at the University of Texas School of Public Health Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials.  The CCCT has played a leading role in cardiovascular disease and vision research by serving as a coordinating center for 16 nationwide multicenter clinical trials.  The CCCT has had great success throughout its history of working with both federal and corporate sponsors and has a well-established reputation in the field of clinical trial research.

CCTRN Centers

The Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network includes seven main stem cell centers  in the United States with experience and expertise in clinical trials studying treatments for heart disease.

If you would like more information about participating in CCTRN studies, please click on the email address of the clinic that is closest to you.  An email will pop up in a new window for you to send your name, telephone number and best time to contact you  to the CCTRN research coordinator.


Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contact: Theresa Arndt
Telephone: 612-863-7821
Email: theresa.arndt@allina.com

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contact: Barb Bruhn-Ding, RN, CCRC
Telephone: 612-625-5949
Email: bruhn028@umn.edu


Texas Heart Institute Stem Cell Center
Houston, Texas
Telephone: 1-866-924-STEM (7836) toll free

Contact: Jennifer Chambers, RN
Telephone: 832-355-9408
Email: jchambers@texasheart.org


University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Contact: Shari Williams, RN
Telephone: 502-407-3259
Email: shari.williams@louisville.edu


Indiana University
Vascular and Cardiac Center for Adult Stem Cell Therapy (VC-CAST)
Indianapolis, Indiana

Contact: Patricia G’Sell, RN
Telephone: 317-278-6585
Email: pgsell@iu.edu


University of Florida Department of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida

Contact: Dana Leach, DNP
Telephone: 352-273-8930
Email: Dana.Leach@medicine.ufl.edu

University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Contact: Darcy DiFede, RN, BSN
Telephone: 305-243-9106
Email: ddifede@med.miami.edu




Stanford University
Stanford, California

Contact: Fouzia Khan, MBBS
Telephone: 650-736-1410
Email: fouziak@stanford.edu