Cardiologist & Professor
LBCC alumnus and Hall of Fame member, Jean-Bernard Durand, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Cardiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. His major research is dedicated to understanding the molecular genetics of cardiomyopathies, primarily the identification of genes responsible for cardiomyopathy of all etiologies. His work also focuses on defining the Molecular mechanisms involved in chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy.
He has established the world’s largest database of DNA from patients with heart failure secondary to chemotherapy and has future plans to perform genotyping to identify heart failure susceptibility genes which may predispose patients to the development of left ventricular dysfunction and potential response and recovery of cardiac function. In addition, he has launched a trial to evaluate mesenchymal stem cells to recover heart function.