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Bioengineering: Our secret weapon against tissue damage

Please note this event takes place on the second floor and we're sorry has no step-free access.
Past event - 2023
22 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
The Lillie Langtry, 19 Lillie Rd,
London SW6 1UE
Are you curious about how scientists are working to regrow damaged tissue and restore normal function? Join us on a journey to learn about a range of bioengineering approaches used to overcome obstacles in regenerative medicine and achieve the ultimate goal: the development of cures for chronic and acute diseases!

Unlocking the potential of early intervention to save babies' lives

Dr Tina Chowdhury (Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine, Queen Mary University of London)
In the UK, preterm birth affects around 1 in 9 babies and increases to 1 in 7 in London. Preterm birth is when the baby has to be delivered early leading to preterm premature rupture of the fetal membranes. Currently, there are no clinical treatments to heal and repair the membranes that surround a developing fetus. In this talk, we will showcase examples on how bioengineers are developing solutions to repair damaged fetal membranes during pregnancy. We will also explore the impacts of air pollution on the health of the unborn baby.

The curious case of curvature: How tissues take shape 

Dr Sebastien Callens (Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Imperial College London)
Every person reading this started as a tiny blob of cells that eventually grew into the complex and beautiful assembly of tissues we are today. But how do tissues get their specific shapes? And can we control this process? It turns out that cells have a remarkably good sense of the shape of their environment, and that we can control cell growth by carefully sculpting these surroundings. Join this talk to learn how we do this with fancy 3D printers, a tiny bit of math, and potentially even the ancient art of origami.

Sound advice: How acoustic waves can make tissues

Dr Katya Pchelintseva (Science Writer)
What if I told you that telekinesis can be true? That one can move objects without physically touching them? And that it is all possible thanks to sound? In this talk you will learn how cells can be manipulated with acoustic waves, what shapes can be made with sound and how it can be used to grow replacements for damaged body tissues.
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