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What secrets do our skeletons keep? Here’s your opportunity to hear from bone-afide experts in the world of bones and stem cells! Come and join us for a humerus evening of talks where we will discover just how diseases and disorders of the skeleton have evolved, and how jaw-dropping research helps develop life-changing therapies. We can feel it in our bones, this will be a night you will not want to miss!
Regenerative medicine for skeletons of the modern age
Professor Paul Genever (Senior Lecturer and Researcher)
The internal skeleton is a fascinating, complex structure, which has underpinned the evolutionary success of the human species. However, our skeletons did not evolve to last the lifetime of modern humans. They bear the brunt of the ageing process and become fragile and prone to fracture and disease. This talk will discuss a new age of “Regenerative Medicine” to treat age-related disorders and the use of stem cells and tissue engineering to build new body parts, repair joints and restore eroded bone and cartilage.
From the lab to the bedside
Dr. Alan Horner (Researcher)
An overview of the clinical and economic challenges when translating great scientific discoveries in to high value life-changing therapies for musculoskeletal disease, and why profit is not a dirty word in healthcare.
Stem cell therapy: Promise or peril?
Alison Wilson (PhD student )
Stem cells are the therapy everyone is talking about. They hold great promise in regenerating or replacing damaged tissues, and have already been successful in helping patients with difficult-to-treat conditions. But they are difficult to control - their biology makes their properties, and therefore clinical effects, variable and not always predictable. When we’re prescribed a medicine we expect it to work and be safe. How do we control stem cells as a medicine? Why do governments seem to make it difficult to develop these advanced therapies, and should doctors be able to use them more freely?