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Focus online: The Laws of the Heart


Published: 9 Feb 2011

By Victoria Leenders-Cheng.

Enough with the ubiquitous purple and pink hearts of Valentine’s Day.

Mélanie Mader
wants to talk about the real thing, that four-chambered circulatory organ the size of a fist, composed of striated muscle tissue and responsible for pumping blood through our vessels and veins.

Mader, the newest addition to the Faculty of Law’s Research Group on Health and Law, recently completed her PhD at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland with a dissertation focusing on the complex problem of organ shortages and organ donation.*

“The most common organs that are transplanted today are the kidney, heart, liver, and liver,” Mader said, adding that the organ shortage is an urgent issue that she considers a public health problem.

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