IUPUI Conference to Highlight Advances in Regeneration Research

Release Date: 
Apr 21 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2010) – Imagine swallowing a pill that could help heal a spinal injury or restore degenerating eyesight. Sounds like science fiction, but such drugs could be closer to reality than you think, thanks to research being conducted by the IU Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine (CRBM) at IUPUI.

The center will host its first-ever scientific conference about the recent advances in regeneration research on Friday, April 23, 2010. The Conference on Regenerative Biology and Medicine will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Boulevard), rooms 405 and 409. Dinner follows the conference at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote address from Eric M. Meslin, founding director of the IU Center for Bioethics. He will discuss bioethical issues in regenerative biology and medicine.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will appeal to researchers, policy-makers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who seek new opportunities in Indiana’s life sciences industry. To register, visit the Center for Regenerative Biology web site.

Presenters include leading CRBM faculty, who will examine recent scientific work and the potential for medical application. A faculty panel will review the state of regenerative biology and medicine. Among the featured scientific presentations is:

  • "Vasculogenesis induced by endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs) leads to bone regeneration"
  • "Nrf2: A potential drug target for liver repair"
  • "Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathways in astrocyte development and disease"
  • "Matrix metalloproteinases: Old dogs, new tricks in regeneration"
  • "Modulation of cell behavior by nano/micro/meso structured surfaces of polymer composites"
  • "Systems biology approach to understand limb regeneration"

David Stocum, director of the center and professor of biology at IUPUI, will deliver the morning keynote address, "From Frankenstein to Four Factors—and Beyond," a talk that will trace scientific and medical advances while examining the ability to induce chemically regeneration directly at the site of injury.

About the IU Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine
Regenerative biology and medicine is a science that seeks to restore the structure of injured or missing tissues, organs and appendages by understanding the mechanisms of natural regeneration and how they might be augmented and applied where regeneration does not occur naturally. The IU Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine was established at IUPUI in 2001 to conduct multidisciplinary research aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration, to translate basic research into regenerative medicine therapies and to provide graduate-level education. Named an IUPUI "signature center" in 2006, it is the only such multidisciplinary center in the world to include amphibians as research models to understand regenerative mechanisms. Learn more about the center at www.regen.iupui.edu.