Perimeter Public Lecture: The power of regenerative medicine

Replay: Dr. Molly Shoichet speaks about how regenerative medicine could repair stem cells and avert blindness

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The innovations in medical science can be hard to keep track of. But the Perimeter Public Lecture on Dec. 7—the last of 2016 for the decade-long monthly series of discussions in Kitchener-Waterloo delivered by world-leading physics theorists and experimenters—was a great opportunity to catch up with the incredible strides happening in the field.

For December’s instalment, Dr. Molly Shoichet, an award-winning University of Toronto professor and biomedical engineer, spoke about the promise and present status of regenerative medicine. She talked about how it’s become possible to grow a patient’s cancer cells in labs so as to provide bespoke treatment plans; she discussed how blindness can be averted with the transplanting and reparation of cells in the back of the eye; and she explained how a “drug-infused band-aid’ applied directly on the brain could achieve the ultimate feat of her field: repairing stem cells.

Maclean’s live-streamed Shoichet’s lecture: watch it below.

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