2013 Whelen Visiting Lecture

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About Dr. Atala

He is a recipient of many awards, including:

  • the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award
  • the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine
  • the Samuel D. Gross Prize, the Barringer Medal
  • the Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Urological Association
  • the Ramon Guiteras Award
  • the Innovation Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for the creation of synthetic organs, and
  • the Rocovich Gold Medal.

In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

To learn more about Dr. Atala, download his complete biography.

Regenerative Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare 
with Anthony Atala, M.D.Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Delta Bessborough, reception to follow

Lecture will be streamed live here. Visit us on Oct. 22 to view.

"Every 30 seconds a patient dies from diseases that could be treated with tissue replacement",  says Dr. Atala, a leader in the field of regenerative medicine. For this year's Whelen Lecture, Dr. Atala will be speaking about his cutting-edge work engineering human organs and tissues for transplant using both patient cells and stem cells along with a variety of experimental technology including 3D printers.

Regenerative Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare
Patients with diseased or injured organs may be treated with transplanted organs. There is a severe shortage of donor organs which 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 to restore normal function in diseased and injured tissues. Stem cells offer a potentially limitless source of cells for tissue engineering applications and new therapy options. Recent advances in regenerative medicine and applications of new technologies that may offer novel therapies for patients with end-stage tissue and organ failure will be described.

Links to Dr. Atala's TED talks:

Growing New Organs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SfRgg9botI
Printing a Human Kidney http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RMx31GnNXY

Biography of Dr. Atala