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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Van Andel ResearchInstitute and Spectrum Health announced a new program today bringing cutting edge heart research to Grand Rapids.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning that they have collaborated to bring cardiovascular researcher and cardiologist Stefan Jovinge MD, Phd. to Grand Rapids from Sweden. Dr. Jovinge will lead teams of researchers and clinicians at the Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute and the Van Andel Institute to stimulate regenerative medicine for heart disease.

The joint effort is made possible by a significant donation from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. The DeVos Cardiovascular Research Program will be comprised of four areas of focus: cell engineering; multi-center patient treatment and clinical trials; cell source identification and scientific training; and development for future researchers including interns, fellows, and graduate students.

Healthy You host Valerie Lego will have more on the announcement on later editions of WZZM 13 News.