The research efforts of several McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
faculty members and their laboratories were the topics of discussion on a recent HealthRadio.Net broadcast. William Wagner, PhD (pictured), Deputy Director, McGowan Institute, Professor of Surgery, Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Director of Thrombosis Research for the Artificial Heart and Lung Program, was interviewed by the HealthRadio.Net show’s host, Derrick M. DeSilva, Jr., M.D. Dr. DeSilva is a practicing Internist and part of the Attending Staff at the Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ. Their conversation included topics relative to what is regenerative medicine, the use of biomaterials to assist in the repair of the body, and new approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Wagner broadly defines regenerative medicine during the show: “Regenerative medicine is harnessing or engineering the body’s natural ability to heal.” At the McGowan Institute, he explained, research is focused on three major regenerative medicine categories--cell therapy, tissue engineering and biomaterials, and medical devices. The research of the McGowan Institute involves “the marriage of engineering and medicine,” as explained by Dr. Wagner. During the broadcasts, the discussions with Dr. DeSilva also touched on ventricular assist devices, blood vessel repair materials, heart stents, metallic biomaterials that safely corrode in the body and facility healing, neonate (pediatric) blood pumps, repair and remodeling of heart arteries through cell therapy, organ and limb regeneration with extracellular matrix, adult- vs. embryonic-derived stem cells, and new blood vessel growth.
“Fascinating field of regenerative medicine, regenerative technology, and it’s amazing how this all works,” said Dr. DeSilva. “This may sound a little esoteric. But you know what? This is real stuff, this is the real science.”
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You can listen to Dr. Wagner’s interviews on HealthRadio.Net at these links…
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine: Biomaterials
Cardiovascular Disease Approaches
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Bio: Dr. William Wagner