News & Information

STEM lecture features 'personalized medicine'

05-04-2011


Sacramento State’s next STEM Scholars lecture is Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom III.
 
John Chapman, president and founder of Stem Cell Partners LLC, and adjunct professor of biomedical engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Sac State, will explore “To Each His Own: How Engineers, Scientists and Doctors Are Using Your Own Cells To Create Personalized Stem Cell Medicine.”

Chapman will describe how healthcare professionals are joining forces to create regenerative medicine treatments that use a patient’s own cells as the therapeutic agent. The administration of living cells to sites of tissue injury or disease is offering benefits ranging from preventing the amputation of limbs for patients with severe peripheral artery disease to enhancing cosmetic surgery outcomes in plastic surgery patients.

By using the patient’s own cells (autologous therapy), Chapman says, the risk of disease transmission and tissue rejection is avoided. The most common tissue sources of autologous therapeutic cells are blood, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and, surprisingly, fat tissue.

Chapman will also briefly review the types of jobs available in the medical device industry for students interested in a career in the medical industry sector.

Presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, this free lecture is supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

For more information contact, Center for STEM Excellence, stem@csus.edu, (916) 278-2789. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State Public Affairs, (916) 278-6156.