The thrilling breakthrough treatment is being lead by college’s Centre for Research in Vascular Biology, that hopes to start clinical trials of the injection of the insulin-which functions like a growth factor into the heart, a medical intervention which — if the research comes to fruition — could save the lives of those who just suffered a heart attack. Reports said that up to 10 million patients worldwide each year suffer severe heart attacks that they need emergency opening of the artery and insertion of a stent to keep it open, with 1 million of those subsequently suffering heart failure, and a number of those dying as a result. The exciting findings won Dr John O’Sullivan, a Co. Clare doctor, the Young Investigator of the Year Award. His researcher, Prof. Noel Caplice, presented the discoveries of O’Sullivan’s research to a meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans recently. Clinical trials would likely start later this year.