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There are two more Animal Symposia that have been finalized for
the 2006 In Vitro Biology Meeting: 3D Cell Constructs for Tissue
Engineering and Stem Cells. 3D Cell Constructs for Tissue Engineering
is being convened by Robert Tranquillo, PhD, University of Minnesota.
The symposium focuses on how the success of tissue engineering hinges
on an appropriate combination of cells, polymer scaffolds, and culture
conditions, often involving controlled mechanical and chemical signals.
This session will provide state-of-art studies among a range of
key applications that explore these critical factors. Talks will
included Engineering large, mineralized bone tissue constructs using
human mesenchymal stem cells by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia
University; Cell Sourcing for Fibrin-Based Valve Constructs by Chrysanthi
(Sandy) Williams, Bose Corporation; and Arteries from stem cells?
By Catherine Verfaillie, University of Minnesota.
The second session is Stem Cells, which will discuss
how Stem cells have the potential for self-renewal and the potential
for differentiation into any specific cell lineage. Our ability
to utilize this unique potential depends on in vitro methods that
can recapitulate some of the conditions present during normal development
and thereby regulate stem cell differentiation. Focus of this session
is on stem cells, in the context of their application in tissue
engineering and regenerative medicine. The three invited plenary
talks are: Stem cell based artificial heart by Doris Taylor, Biomedical
Engineering Institute at the University of Minnesota; Blood and
Endothelial Cell Development from Human Embryonic Stem Cells by
Dan S. Kaufman, Stem Cell Institute and Dept. of Medicine Division
of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota;
and Muscle Stem Cell: Satellite cell and Sca-1-positive cell by
Atsushi Asakura, Stem Cell Institute, Paul & Sheila Wellstone
Muscular Dystrophy Center, University of Minnesota Medical School.
Plans are underway for a scientific tour at the Cargill Building
Center for Microbial and Plant Genomics at the University of Minnesota
on Wednesday afternoon, June 7, for participants and family. The
Center's goal has been to enable the University of Minnesota to
become a world leader in the field of genomics by fostering research,
education, and outreach in genomics and by translating genomics
into benefits for society within an ethical context. The Center
is sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental
Sciences and the College of Biological Sciences of the University
of Minnesota. Advances in genomics have already had major impacts
on how we conduct modern biological experimentation. The acceleration
of knowledge acquisition via genomics and its application to biological
problems make it extremely challenging to predict where the field
of genomics will be in the next ten years. Progress in discovering
the function of the majority of sequenced genes is less predictable
but it seems likely that in ten years most genes will have functions
assigned and the Center's staff will be investigating their complex
interactions - overall, an activity known as functional genomics.
This event will include a tour of the facility. Buses will depart
at 1:30 pm on Wednesday and will return to the hotel at 5:00 pm.
The fee for transportation to and from the event and the tour is
register for this tour here.
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