Renowned Expert on Regenerative Medicine Speaks at Wake Tech
November 7th, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. (November 6, 2014) – Imagine a world where you could order a spare body part to replace a diseased or dysfunctional one. Could this ever become a reality? Dr. Anthony Atala believes it can. Dr. Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and a world-renowned researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. He spoke today at the Perry Health Sciences Campus as part of Wake Tech’s STEM Speaker Series.
"There are many challenges in regenerative medicine,” said Dr. Atala. “Science and technology have come a long way, but there is more to discover and understand." Dr. Atala is also a practicing surgeon and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. His current research focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. "A lack of organs has been considered a public health crisis," he said.
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