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Laurentiu Popescu, the academic who discovered telocytes, dies



Laurentiu Popescu, the academic who discovered telocytes and has been the director of the “Victor Babes” National Institute in the Capital since 1993, has died at the age of 71.

Academic Laurentiu Popescu, director general of the National Institute of “Victor Babes”, one of the world’s top professionals in medical scientific research, has passed away, the National Institute of Pathology announced on Monday.

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The dead body of the academician, who was buried in the Icon Church in Ikon Park in Bucharest, will be buried in the Ghencea Civil Cemetery on Wednesday.

Laurentiu Popescu was rector of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest (1992-2004), president of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2006-2011), head of the Department of Medical Sciences of the Romanian Academy (2006-2014) and since 1993 in Bucharest Director of the “Victor Babes” National Institute in


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Academic Laurentiu Popescu is the person who discovered telocytes, a type of human cell with a regenerative role that can heal the heart of patients with myocardial infarction. Last year, Popescu was awarded the “White Magnolia” award by the Shanghai Municipal Government for the recognition of Chinese scientists for the discovery of new human cells – telocytes – as well as for the general director’s entire scientific cooperation in the field of telocytes. The “Victor Babes” Institute has developed this in recent years. In 2012, he was awarded a gold medal by the USA-based International Academy of Cardiovascular Research.

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Currently, telocytes are recognized in more than 40 laboratories on five continents. The most active countries in telocyte research are: China, Germany, Belgium, Italy, USA. In fact, the first telocyte transplant on laboratory animals was performed in laboratories in Guangzhou, China, where a team of Romanian researchers is located.




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