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Guest lecturer to present about stem cells and regenerative medicine

Dr. Gerald Schatten
4/3/2014 —

Gerald P. Schatten, director, Pittsburgh Development Center; director, Division of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will be the featured speaker for a Faculty Lecture Series event at 12:30 p.m., May 1, at the campus in Center Valley. Schatten will present "The Medical Revolution in Regenerative Medicine: Promises and Challenges of Stem Cells." The lecture is free and open to the public.

The 2012 Nobel Prizes to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their seminal work in nuclear transfer and induced pluripotency, coupled with the 2010 Nobel Prize to Bob Edwards for pioneering In Vitro Fertilization in humans, attests to the contemporary importance of stem cells and regenerative medicine. This lecture considers: pluripotent stem cells and their utility for modeling complex "diseases in a dish;" whether some cancers have stem cell origins; and, stem cell differentiation into both oocytes and sperm in vitro.

The Faculty Lecture Series brings distinguished faculty speakers from other campuses and universities to share their research with the campus and community. It is supported by the student activity fee in cooperation with Alumni and Corporate Relations, Teaching International, and the Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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