The World Stem Cell Summit partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to host today’s Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Public Education Day, a free informational event open to the public set to take place the day before the much-awaited 2014 World Stem Cel Summit kicks off on Wednesday, December 3. This year’s largest interdisciplinary stem cell meeting is preceded by a public education day that will offer local attendees from the general public a special A.M. lecture, followed by three P.M. open panel discussions with stem cell experts.
The special morning lecture entitled, “Stem Cells: Their Biology and Promise for Regenerative Medicine,” will begin at 9:00 a.m., conducted by Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., HHMI Investigator and the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at The Rockefeller University in New York. The afternoon panel sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m., and will cover 3 topics: Stem Cells 101, Health Care Applications and Hot Topics.
Invited moderators, key speakers, and expert panelists for the afternoon sessions are affiliates and representatives of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Texans for Stem Cell Research, BioBridge Global, INCELL Corp. and Baylor College of Medicine.
One of the emerging technologies developed specifically for reconstruction with stem cells, commonly needed in accelerated bone healing, is the injection of biodegradable microscaffolding. A bioengineering professor at the University of Texas, Arlington was recently the recipient of a $1.04 million grant from the United States Army to advance this medical technique in order to prevent post-traumatic osteoarthritis, commonly developed from battle injuries. Professor Liping Tang said, “We’ve found that if we inject microscaffolding that we’ve developed into the injured area, it can trigger the stem cell generation needed for proper healing.”