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Regenerative Medicine: Learning from the Regeneration Pros

When will Regenerative Medicine come of age? What technological barriers need to be overcome? In this talk we will assess how far Regenerative Medicine has come in the last decades. We will survey the field of regenerative biology and the extraordinary ability of several species to regenerate limbs, spinal cord, heart, pancreas, or their entire body from a one segment. How can we experimentally facilitate the emergence of these abilities in humans? We will learn about key biological processes that are the foundation of tissue repair and regeneration and consider the ethical questions Regenerative Medicine raises.

Faculty Member: Pascal Lafontant
Discussion Date: Sept. 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. C.T.

Meet Professor Lafontant

Pascal Lafontant is Visiting Professor of Biology at Grinnell College. He is also Professor Emeritus of Biology at DePauw University.

His research primarily focusses on the mechanisms that support heart regeneration. He uses zebrafish (Danio rerio) and the giant danio (Devario malabaricus) to investigate cardiac regenerative processes. His lab is also interested in heart development, and the emergence of coronary vasculature, for which he was awarded an NIH-R15 grant. In addition, he studies the emergence and involution of the cement gland of the giant danio. He was also awarded research grants from NSF, and the Buehler Family Foundation to support his research, and engage undergraduates in the discovery process.

Some of his published papers with undergraduate students can be found here:

Prior to academia, he worked as a Technical Trainer at Millipore Corporation in Bedford, MA, and provided training in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

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Monday September 27
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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