As a proud Buckeye fan, Paul created a miniature replica of the university’s beloved icon – Ohio Stadium. This replica has earned him much acclaim for its scale (measuring 8 feet by 6 feet, with more than 1 million Lego pieces) and intricate details. His Lego stadium was even included in a Lego exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Facing stagnant funding from the National Institutes of Health, Paul thought of an idea to combine his love of Legos with his passion for heart research.
Paul decided to sell “seats” in his Lego stadium for a $20 donation to his research. With the capacity for up to 12,000 miniature Lego people in the stands and on the field, Paul is hoping raise nearly $250,000 by filling the stadium.Paul’s laboratory amasses the hearts of patients who have received a new heart by transplant, which would otherwise be discarded. In doing so, Paul is able to conduct research on live heart tissue, and to share tissue from these hearts to 14 other research laboratories at The Ohio State University. This unique system allows researchers to conduct medical experiments on “living” hearts without impacting an actual human life. This provides for more promising and expeditious treatment options for heart patients at Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital.