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Thursday, April 24 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: GENERAL SESSION DAY 1* - Regenerative Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare

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Patients with diseased or injured organs may be treated with transplanted tissues. There is a severe shortage of donor organs and tissues which is worsening yearly due to the aging population. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering apply the principles of cell transplantation, material sciences, and bioengineering to construct biological substitutes that may restore and maintain normal function in diseased and injured tissues. Stem cells may offer a potentially limitless source of cells for tissue engineering applications and are opening new options for therapy. Recent advances that have occurred in regenerative medicine will be reviewed. Applications of these new technologies that may offer novel therapies for patients with tissue injury and organ failure will be described.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

2. Explain some of the current research applications in regenerative medicine

3. Explain some of the current clinical applications in regenerative medicine

*This is an accredited session.

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Anthony Atala, M.D.

Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair, Department of Urology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Anthony Atala, M.D., is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University.  Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine.  His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs.   Dr. Atala works with several journals and serves in various roles, including... Read More →

Thursday April 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center