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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIV, No. 5
  March 2, 2012
NINR Director’s Lecture Features Commitment to Reducing Infections
Sickle Cell Pioneer Whitten’s Papers Come to NLM
New Steps To Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
Duke’s Califf Addresses Clinical Trials, Mar. 8 in Bldg. 45
Grief Can Bring on Heart Attack, Grantees Show
Ioannidis To Speak, Mar. 19 in Natcher
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Atala Surveys Successes of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Anthony Atala speaks at NIH.
Dr. Anthony Atala speaks at NIH.
Just as the auto parts store is a boon to the car repair business, the field of regenerative medicine is slowly becoming an invaluable parts warehouse as thousands of scientists from many fields including cell biology, engineering and physics are collaborating to build facsimiles of human tissues, structures and organs.

Already, there is a college student named Luke M. who, a decade ago, received a hand-crafted bladder and has been living a largely normal life, said Dr. Anthony Atala, who gave a Wednesday Afternoon Lecture on Jan. 25 titled, “Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends.”

Director of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, he surveyed the problems and promise of a field that can be traced back at least as far as the first human organ transplant, a kidney, in Boston in 1954. A quarter century before that, the book The Culture of Organs had been published, with famed aviator Charles Lindbergh as a coauthor.


On National Wear Red Day
NIH Expresses Thanks via Flash Mob

NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin and acting deputy director Dr. Carl Roth express their thanks.
NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin and acting deputy director Dr. Carl Roth express their thanks.
NHLBI honored those who work to advance heart disease research and care on National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3, with more than 70 NIH staff members performing a flash mob dance in front of surprised Clinical Center patients and staff.

For 10 years, NHLBI has led the nation in observing National Wear Red Day—an opportunity to raise awareness that heart disease, while still the #1 killer of American women and men, is largely preventable.