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New Oxford Sparks podcast with DPAG researcher Nicola Smart offers new insights into cardiology

It’s the organ that pumps our blood around our body to keep us alive…the heart. But what happens when it stops? If you are lucky enough to have nurses or doctors around they can try and help to get it started again, but does this mean your heart is truly fixed?

In a new episode of the Oxford Sparks 'Big Questions' podcast, Cardiovascular Biologist Nicola Smart (DPAG) answers the question 'How do you mend a broken heart,' discussing the latest research and the new Institute for Developmental and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Oxford. Listen to the podcast below. 

Oxford Sparks is an online platform that highlights the scientific research carried out at the University through exciting videos, animations and podcasts aimed at a public audience. Scientists from the Division have worked with Oxford Sparks to produce a variety of digital content that explains their innovative research to a wider audience, including a large number of exciting animations and this new podcast series. 

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