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SEMINAR: Lung injury and fibrosis: can stem cells deliver regeneration?

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Today's date is Thursday, April 02, 2020
Lung injury and fibrosis: can stem cells deliver regeneration? : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series Other events...
The Seminar: The lung is a remarkable organ with gas exchange and vital immune defence roles accomplished in a branching network of airways and about 200 million alveoli. It is also an extremely dynamic tissue with rapid turnover of lung cells and their surrounding matrix which may explain the ability of new lung tissue regeneration in experimental models of lung growth. Chronic lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are a major cause of illness and an enormous burden on world health systems. Treatment for these diseases is inadequate with patients unresponsive to most current therapies and, despite large programmes in drug discovery, no agents are emerging that can cure or reverse chronic lung diseases. There is hope that cell therapeutic approaches with the regeneration of new lung tissue might be achievable and initial reports using progenitor cells derived from the bone marrow suggest that this approach may ameliorate animal models of lung disease. The mechanism for this action is uncertain but likely depends on paracrine pathways rather than cell engraftment. This presentation reviews some of the milestones in pulmonary fibrosis research and presents data suggesting keratinocyte growth factor delivery in a transgene expressed by stem cells may be effective in preventing animal models of lung fibrosis.

The Speaker: Professor Laurent is currently the Head of the Research Department of Internal Medicine and the Director of the Centre for Respiratory Research at University College London. He directs a team of scientists and physicians conducting research into basic aspects of inflammation and tissue repair and has published over 200 articles in international journals of biomedical research. He was recently awarded the European Respiratory Societies Presidential Award for his contribution to lung science and is currently its head of Science. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and has edited several books including a four volume Encyclopaedia of Respiratory Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Past- President of the British Association for Lung Research. In June 2012 he takes up a post at the University of Western Australia directing its newly formed Centre for Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine
Speaker(s) Professor Geoff Laurent, Head of the Research Department of Internal Medicine & Director of the Centre for Respiratory Research at University College London, Director of Elect Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, UWA
Location Seminar room 1.81 Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology building north, UWA
Contact Debbie Hull <debbie.hull@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 3313
Start Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:00
End Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:00
Submitted by Debbie Hull <debbie.hull@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Thu, 10 May 2012 11:47
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