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Storer Lecture: Matthew Wheeler

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

STORER LIFE SCIENCES ENDOWMENT

PRESENTS

MAJOR ISSUES IN MODERN BIOLOGY

Matthew B. Wheeler

Professor of Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Developmental Biology,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Strategies for Regenerating Bone: Stem Cells,
Scaffolds, Growth Factors and Patients.”

Monday, October 10, 2011

4:10 P.M.
1005 Genome Center

Dr. Wheeler is a pioneering researcher in the use of stem cells to overcome the limitations imposed by bone grafting as the gold standard for bone replacement. Bone is a tissue that exhibits plasticity and a large capacity for healing under normal circumstances. However, extensive bone loss due to disease or trauma requires tissue-engineering applications. Dr. Wheeler studies adipose-derived stem cells (ASC) that have similar immunophenotype, morphology, multilineage potential, and transcriptome compared to the more commonly used cell source bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSC). His data illustrate that ASC are
much more abundant, more accessible, have lower donor morbidity compared with BMSC, and are able to migrate to the site of injury with immunosuppressive abilities similar to BMSC. This seminar will present results that provide support for the clinical translation of ASC, patient-specific scaffolds and growth factors for bone regeneration. Dr. Wheeler is the recipient of the H.H. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching at the University of Illinois and is a past President of the International Embryo Transfer Society.

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