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Institute for Life Sciences

Seminar: Injectable biomaterials as therapies for myocardial infarction Event

Dr Neil Davies
Time:
11:30 - 12:30
Date:
5 April 2016
Venue:
Southampton General Hospital, Somers Lecture Theatre, Level A, IDS Building.

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Nick Evans at www.evanslab.co.uk .

Event details

We are pleased to welcome Dr Neil Davies, Head of Regenerative Medicine Research, from the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery; a biologist working on injectable biomaterials for cardiac repair.

Speaker information

Dr Neil Davies,University of Cape Town, South Africa,Biomaterials are increasingly being investigated as a means of reducing stress within the ventricular wall of infarcted hearts and thus attenuating pathological remodelling and loss of function. A variety of injectable natural and synthetic materials have been utilized with polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogels being a potentially useful synthetic option. The engineer-ability of a PEG hydrogel formulation that can be polymerized with enzymatically degradable peptides with respect to aspects such as tissue invasion is examined. Further to this, studies that have investigated the influence of degradability and timing of delivery of PEG hydrogels in the context of myocardial infarction will be detailed. Finally, recent work towards using these hydrogels as supportive scaffolds for stem cell delivery to infarcted hearts will be discussed.

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