Engineering New Organs and Other Small Challenges

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    • Thursday November 11, 2010
      3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Richards Gallery, Ferst Center for the Arts
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Leslie Bayor
Materials Science and Engineering


Summary Sentence: Part of the School of Materials Science and Engineering's Pritchett Lecture Series

Full Summary: The School of Materials Science and Engineering's Pritchett Lecture Series welcomes Imperial College of London Professor Molly Stevens.

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The School of Materials Science and Engineering's Pritchett Lecture Series welcomes Imperial College of London Professor Molly Stevens, on "Engineering New Organs and Other Small Challenges."

A disagreeable side effect of longer lifespans is the failure of one part of the body — the knees, for example — before the body as a whole is ready to surrender. The search for replacement body parts has fuelled the highly interdisciplinary field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In view of the challenges in this field, one must consider that the human embryo in its first eight weeks of life undergoes an extraordinary transformation from a single cell to a 3-cm-long fetus with a beating heart, gut, nervous system, and limbs with fingers and toes. This progression involves massive growth, physical folds and twists, and myriad cellular and molecular events of breathtaking complexity; yet it is the ultimate goal of this field of tissue engineering to recreate some of these processes in microcosm, to replace and regenerate lost tissue. At last the field has entered a period of fruition, and seems set to realize its potential to treat a multitude of debilitating and deadly conditions such as myocardial infarction, spinal injury, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, liver cirrhosis and retinopathy.

This talk will outline progresses in the field and how we are developing new bioactive materials that can be implanted into the body and provide the right environmental cues that promote tissue regeneration of large volumes of highly organized tissue such as bone. Controlling the properties of these polymer and inorganic materials right down at the nanoscale is crucial for the optimal tissue regeneration as will be discussed.

About Dr. Stevens
Professor Molly Stevens is Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. She joined Imperial in 2004 from Postdoctoral training with Professor Robert Langer at MIT. She graduated from Bath University with a first-class honours degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and was awarded a PhD in biophysical investigations from the University of Nottingham (2000).

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