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2015 Mark W. Allam Lecture

Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends

Anthony Atala, MD
Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the W. H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University

Patients with diseased or injured organs may be treated with transplanted tissues, but there is a severe shortage of donor organs and tissues that 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 can 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. Dr. Anthony Atala, will review recent advances in regenerative medicine and describe the applications of these new technologies that could offer novel therapies for patients with tissue injury and organ failure.

Dr. Atala, 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, is a practicing surgeon and a world-renowned researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. Dr. Atala heads a team of more than 300 physicians and researchers; more than ten applications of technologies developed in his laboratory have been used clinically. Dr. Atala is the editor of twelve books and serves as Editor in Chief of numerous journals. He is a recipient of many awards, including the Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, funded by the US Congress and bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society. He has also received the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine, presented to individuals achieving significant and lasting progress.

The Mark W. Allam Lecture is named for one of the cofounders of the American College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Allam was an avid proponent of the concept of “one medicine,” the idea that the similarities between human and animal medicine are great and that these two fields can benefit considerably from the discoveries made in each field. The lecture was instituted to foster this concept and has been given annually since 1972.

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