GOSH to Host 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Open Finals Gala

A research professional focused on cardiology, Dr. Vivek Baliga received his medical training at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Bangalore, India. Presently, Dr. Vivek Baliga is pursuing a PhD in cardiovascular research at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. Beyond his work in research, Dr. Baliga donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations, including the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and the Greater Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

For the third consecutive year, the Greater Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity is preparing to host the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Open Finals Gala on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Natural History Museum in London. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auction, and live musical entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s top tennis players, celebrate the launch of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and raise money for a worthy cause.

Established in 1852, GOSH treats more than 220,000 patients each year. The hospital is recognized as a pioneer in pediatric care, having uncovered medical breakthroughs with regard to leukemia, heart conditions, and birth defects, among other areas. Starting out as a 10-bed facility and originally known as the Hospital for Sick Children, GOSH has grown to become one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world.

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What Is a Progenitor Cell? By Dr. Vivek Baliga

Progenitor cells occur naturally in the body and play a particularly important role in repairing injuries to the heart, lungs, and vascular system. A progenitor cell shares some characteristics with an adult stem cell in that it can grow into one of many different cell types, but progenitor cells tend to develop into fewer varieties than stem cells do. Progenitor cells also do not self-renew as well as stem cells do. Current research involving progenitor cells includes efforts to use them to create heart valves, conductive heart tissue, and blood vessels.

About the Author:

After spending several years practicing medicine in India, Dr. Vivek Baliga moved to Leeds in the United Kingdom to pursue a Ph.D. in cardiovascular research in 2009. Dr. Baliga has since published several studies, including one on the relationship between circulation of progenitor cells in South Asian men and the availability of nitric oxide in their blood during exercise.