2019 AZAALAS Webinar: Musculosketal Tissue Regeneration Using Scaffolds and Adult Stem Cells

AZAALAS Summer Webinar
September 12: 2:30-3:30p.m.

Dr John Szivek
Director of the Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of Arizona

Musculosketal Tissue Regeneration Using Scaffolds and Adult Stem Cells

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have osteoarthritis — the type of arthritis caused by damage or breakdown of joint cartilage on the surface of bones — making it both the most common form of arthritis and the most common cause of disability in adults. Approximately 6.3 million fractures occur each year in the United States, costing the health-care system approximately $28 million per year.

During the lecture, Dr. Szivek will share recent results from their work to provide a scaffold support structure that is anchored in bone and on which high-quality cartilage can be grown. For people who have osteoarthritis, there are no injectable therapies that will regenerate cartilage now or in the near future. The best hope for these patients is a scaffold-based system on which cartilage is grown.  Special attention will be spent on his preclinical biomedical studies and their importance on his research.

John Szivek, PhD, is Director of the Robert G. Volz, MD, Orthopedic Research Laboratory. Dr. Szivek’s main research interest involves understanding the relationship between physical activity and bone and cartilage formation. His additional research interests include orthopedics, including bone remodeling, and bone and cartilage tissue engineering. His projects include measurement of mechanical loads on long bones and joints, studies of how implants interact with native tissues, such as bone and cartilage, and the mechanical properties of various musculoskeletal structures

Refreshments will be available

Tucson site: UA College of Medicine, Rm 3117 - Visitors can park at the Highland Garage, Banner-UMC patient & visitor garage (cash only), or at meters in the UA Health Sciences parking lot on Helen & Martin. The Banner-UMC garage only accepts cash. Meters only accept credit, debit, or CatCards. We do not validate.

Flagstaff site: WL Gore & Associates, contact dknott@wlgore.com

Phoenix site: UA College of Medicine Phoenix, contact zookepr@gmail.com

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