Muscle Regeneration: No pain, No gain

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. Add to Calendar

Join us for the annual Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at McGovern Medical School located at 6431 Fannin, Suite MSB 3.001 featuring Helen Blau, Ph.Dof Stanford University. Blau’s research area is regenerative medicine with a focus on stem cells.

She is world-renowned for her work on nuclear reprogramming and the demonstration of the plasticity of cell fate using cell fusion. These studies provided the scientific underpinnings for mammalian cloning and induced pluripotent stem cells. Blau also led the field with novel approaches to treating muscle damaged due to disease, injury, or aging. She pioneered the design of biomaterials to mimic the in vivo microenvironment and direct stem cell fate. A major focus of her current work is the rejuvenation of muscle stem cell function to enhance skeletal muscle repair in the aged.

In addition, her laboratory made the unexpected discovery that shortened telomeres are a hallmark of genetic cardiomyopathies. A major effort in her laboratory is directed at establishing the cause and effect of premature telomere shortening in cardiomyocytes in disease states, with a view toward novel therapeutic interventions.

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McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

6431 Fannin, Suite MSB 3.001


John H. Byrne