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Past event - 2019
22 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30-9:30pm
The Old George, Old George Yard,
Newcastle NE1 1EZ
Tissue engineering and regenerative therapies have improved to the point that we are now able to artificially grow new bone tissue. But what happens when things go wrong? And what is the future of bone regeneration?

Unfortunately this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

New bones from old cells

Prof Kenny Dalgarno (School of Engineering, Newcastle University)
Osteoarthritis is a debilitating disease which will affect approximately 1 in 3 adults in the UK. For late stage osteoarthritis total joint replacement is an established and effective treatment. More recently tissue engineering and regenerative therapies have been developed which use cells harvested from the patient to offer an earlier stage treatment for osteoarthritis. We will discuss the future of tissue engineering and how it could be used to treat osteoarthritis.
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When drug testing goes wrong

Dr Shaheda Ahmed (Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University)
When was the last time you took any form of medication, over the counter or prescribed? How do you know how safe the medicine is? How are medicines tested for safety and who are the human guinea pigs who nominate themselves for this testing?
Clinical trials are the most important step in getting a drug approved by the FDA, and without these trials, no one would know if their medicines are safe. The vast majority of the time, these trials go well. But occasionally, a clinical trial goes terribly wrong. The most infamous case in the UK was the Northwick Park Disaster.
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