As a proud Buckeye fan, Dr. Paul Janssen created a miniature replica of the university’s beloved icon – Ohio Stadium – out of LEGO® blocks. Your gift today can put a LEGO® minifigure in the stands and support lifesaving heart and vascular research at Ohio State.
Dr. Paul Janssen’s inquisitiveness has been central to his life’s work researching how the heart functions.
That same curiosity about how things fit together has been the driving force behind his hobby, one that now helps further his research at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.
Janssen, PhD, is an avid Lego fan who leads the human heart program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Over several years, he has constructed a replica of Ohio Stadium out of more than 1 million LEGO® bricks, and his creation is now on display in the lobby of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital at Ohio State.
Not only can you see it there, you could have a seat in it too.
For a $20 donation, Janssen will construct a minifigure in your honor and place it in the stadium. (Unlike the real Horseshoe, which seats more than 100,000, this Ohio Stadium will only hold about 6,000 “attendees.”) Proceeds will go to fund research in Ohio State’s heart lab, which does more research on live human heart tissue than any other program in the world.
The program incorporates 17 labs working together to study human hearts that have been donated. The hearts can be kept beating for up to five days, and the collaborative nature of the labs examining a single human heart can help researchers make better correlations about different parts of the heart function together. Those kinds of discoveries can lead to breakthroughs in preventing and treating arrhythmia, cardiac disease and heart failure.