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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2008 3:58 am | Updated: 9:47 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Gilbert doctor's international effort to spread the knowledge of genetic research as a tool in detecting and curing cardiac disease will have a local center for area residents.

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center announced this week plans to develop the Sherry Lund Centre for Personalized Medicine.

The center will focus on the approach that Dr. Nabil Dib wants to make more commonplace: using genetics to prevent, diagnose and even determine the correct treatment for patients.

Dib is conducting research at his center at Mercy Gilbert on the use of stem cells taken from adult thigh muscle to regenerate heart muscle that has died due to a heart attack.

He told the Tribune last week that his goal in creating the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research - which held its first symposium last week in San Diego - is to bring stem cell and genetic research results more quickly into hospitals, where patients can be saved.

"Even the slightest gene variation will cause patients to react differently to a medication, or cause a drug to stay in their body longer than normal, causing serious side effects," Dib said in a statement released this week.

The center is named for Sherry Lund, whose family foundation donated funding toward its creation. The Lund family also donated $2.5 million toward the hospital's new pediatric ward.

Sherry Lund also is planning an adjacent holistic center called Celebration Centre for Integrated Healing, which would incorporate alternative therapies with more traditional medicine.

Mercy Gilbert plans to recruit yet another internationally renowned researcher whose focus would be on genomics and who can work hand in hand with Dib. Mercy Gilbert CEO Laurie Eberst has said her hospital is interested in helping Gilbert become a recognized center for medical research.

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