The interface between regeneration and aging will be the subject of a “Resetting the Aging Clock” lecture series for the public by leading scientists in the field of regenerative biology and aging to be held July 22 through Aug. 1 at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.
While aging was once viewed as a “wearing out” process — occurring in the same way that a car or appliance wears out — scientists are increasingly viewing aging as a failure to regenerate,an idea that will be familiar to those who remember how quickly they healed when they were young.
The lecture series will be held in conjunction with a two-week biomedical innovation research training course, “Immersion in Comparative Aging and Regenerative Biology (iCARB),” whose goal is to understand the determinants of regenerative capacity in diverse animal species and their link to biological aging.
Malcolm Maden, Ph.D., a biology professor at the University of Florida and a faculty member at the University of Florida Genetics Institute who studies the relationship between development and regeneration in various organ systems including limb, lung, skin and nervous system, delivers the third in this lecture series.
Maden is studying the role of signaling molecules in the processes of development and regeneration with the goal of determining if regeneration is a process of redevelopment that can be induced by reawakening developmental pathways. He studies the axolotl, a Mexican salamander that is a champion of regeneration, and the African spiny mouse, a mammal that, unlike other mammals, can regenerate skin, skeletal muscle, cartilage and heart tissue. His research on the mechanisms governing regeneration could contribute to therapies to improve healing in humans.
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Doors open at 3:30 pm. You may pre-register for this event. A physical ticket or order confirmation is not needed for entry.
The Orkand Lecture in neuroscience and cell signaling is named in memory of Richard Orkand, Ph.D., a pioneering researcher in the field of glial neurobiology. Orkand earned his doctorate at the University of Utah in 1961 and was a faculty member at the University of Utah, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania before becoming director of the Institute of Neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico. He spent several summers at the MDI Biological Laboratory.