Each year, there are 20 million broken hearts across the world. Our hearts can fail because they are getting old; because of the stresses and strains placed on our heart by the drugs we take to treat illness such as cancer; or simply because of our genetic make-up.
Imagine a world where a broken heart could be mended – not by Cupid's arrow – but with a drug with no side effects or by an injection of new heart cells to replace the cells that have been lost or damaged. These treatments might be years or decades away but that's what a team of scientists at The University of Nottingham is working towards, with funding from BBSRC.
Leading them is Chris Denning, Professor of Stem Cell Biology in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences. He said: "We turn skin cells into stem cells and turn these stem cells into beating heart cells. For me the ultimate goal would be to develop a new drug to help peoples' hearts. If I could achieve that in my career then I would be a happy person."