Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT) Message Board › Science Cafe May 13 on "Regenerative Medicine--the impossible can be po
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Some FACT members may be interested in Science Cafe that is sponsored by SciWorks. It now has a Meetup Group by the name "Science Cafe." Several FACT members have joined the group. The next meeting is May 13. The following is a description of that meeting. Come on all you science nerds!
The next Science Café is Tuesday, May 13, at River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons, from 7-8 pm.
Topic: Regenerative Medicine — The Impossible Can Be Possible!
Presented By: Benjamin S. Harrison, PhD, Associate Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Right now, more than 120,000 people are on the U.S. organ transplant waiting list. But what if patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants?
Benjamin S. Harrison, PhD, Associate Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, says “The impossible can be possible.” As a respected authority in the field, he strongly suggests that there are limitless possibilities for 3D printing and the duplication of human tissues that can counter the degenerative effects of aging and disease on the human body. Also discussed are many other strategies and technologies that can be used to strengthen the body’s own self-healing and regenerative capacities to deal with disease, trauma and aging.
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is working to grow tissues and organs and develop healing cell therapies for more than 30 different areas of the body — from bladder and trachea to cartilage and heart. WFIRM scientists have been the first in the world to reach a number of research successes, including the implantation of a laboratory-grown organ into humans. WFIRM has spent the last decade building a 3D printer that can print both an artificial scaffold and living cells at the same time. They’re now using it to produce intricate ears, noses and bones.
River Ridge Taphouse is located at 1480 River Ridge Dr, Clemmons, NC 27012