Technologies Developed in Texas Help Make the ‘Engineering’ of Complex Tissues and Organs Feasible

Nov. 6, 2012

Event: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society will host “Solutions for Heart Disease: The Science of the Future Today.”

When: 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: AT&T Conference Center Amphitheater (Rm. 204), 1900 University Ave.

Website: http://www.austinforum.org

Background: In this talk, Dr. Doris A. Taylor will discuss the discovery and application of new knowledge and technologies to improve patient care and to prevent cardiovascular disease. She will share how building new cell- and organ-based solutions for severe diseases could affect millions of patients who suffer from or who are at risk for these diseases. Taylor is working to “engineer” cardiac muscle, valves and vasculature, with many of these technologies now progressing to first-in-human use trials.

Taylor is the director of Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. She received her Ph.D. in pharmacology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and did her postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

For more information, contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos, Texas Advanced Computing Center, 512 232 5771; Aaron Dubrow, 512-475-9439