UNMC Science Cafe to Focus on Regenerative Medicine

Aug 30, 2013

The Omaha Science Café will focus on the science of regenerative medicine on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Dr. Iqbal Ahmad, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at UNMC, will be the guest speaker. 

Dr. Ahmad says he will talk about how stem cells fuel regenerative medicine. 

He says regenerative medicine is an umbrella term for renewing and replacing cells in tissues and organs that are damaged due to disease or injury.

"This can be achieved by encouraging the body’s own stem cells to heal from within or through transplantation of lab grown stem cells.  Many people do not know that regenerative medicine also involves creating disease models in a dish, to understand the disease process which helps formulate new approaches to help treat the disease.”

Dr. Ahmad says he will also talk about how the disregard or absence of ethics has led to risky and unproven therapies in regenerative medicine. 

The Omaha Science Café takes place Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th Street.  There is no fee to attend.