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STEP Session on Tissue Engineering

The STEP committee will present a Science for All session entitled, "Organs 'R' Us: Tissue Engineering," on Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1&2.

Tissue engineering is the science of developing techniques for fabrication of new tissues for restoration and regeneration of lost or impaired tissue function. Tissue engineered products are manufactured equivalents of functional body parts that can lead to new forms of therapy including wound covering, bone, cartilage and ligament substitutes, vessels, hormone and drug delivery devices and nerves. The goal of the presentation is to review current information in tissue engineering.

Three leaders in the field will discuss how advances in cell biology combined with progress in medical and surgical intervention are designed to provide new solutions to tissue and organ replacement therapy. They are: Dr. Hari H. Reddi, director, Center for Tissue Regeneration and Repair, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine; Dr. Scott P. Bruder, director, bone and soft tissue research, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.; and Dr. Linda G. Griffith, associate professor, department of chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Moderator for the session will be Dr. John Watson, acting deputy director, NHLBI.

The series is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is necessary. Inform STEP of any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by May 19. For more information contact the STEP office, 435-2769, or visit

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