Latest tissue-engineering research discussed at Rice

Latest tissue-engineering research discussed at Rice
Aug. 15-18 event features newest findings on stem cells, artificial organs

FROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTS

The nation’s leading tissue-engineering experts are meeting at Rice next week to discuss the latest scientific research aimed at growing cells, tissues and organs for transplantation. Featured research includes ongoing clinical trials and studies that employ stem-cell harvesting, cultivating and other techniques.

The 15th Annual Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course, which will be held Aug. 15-18 in Duncan Hall, is designed to offer scientists and clinicians an overview of current research in the field.

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“The topic that I expect to dominate the discussions this year will be stems cells and their role in tissue engineering,” said course organizer Antonios Mikos, the J.W. Cox Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering.

Several of this year’s sessions center upon patient-specific therapeutics such as plastic surgery for oncology patients, oral and maxillofacial surgery, heart valve repair and cartilage repair.

Tissue engineering involves a combination of technologies that have resulted from advances in cell biology and materials science. Tissue engineers typically create partially synthetic materials by growing human cells within a biodegradable scaffolding that acts as a template for replacement bone, skin, cartilage or other tissues.

This year’s guest faculty include the University of Tokyo’s Kazunori Kataoka, Cytori Therapeutics Inc.’s John Ransom, Kyoto University’s Yasuhiko Tabata, Histogenics Corp.’s Laurence Tarrant, Baxter BioSurgery’s Bill Tawil, and National University of Singapore’s Swee-Hin Teoh. Each plans to report on unique tissue engineering approaches and their experiences with clinical trials.

Short course attendees include surgeons, medical and research scientists from industry and academia, biomedical engineers, gene-therapy researchers, cellular biologists, venture capitalists, medical and graduate students.

The course is presented by Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, the Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, and the Department of Bioengineering.

Preregistration is required and enrollment is limited. Prices and program details are available online at http://tissue.rice.edu/.

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