Sacramento State’s next Regenerative Medicine lecture examines the advancements that have been made in the treatment of healing wounds and scar formation reduction.

“Scar Wars” will be presented at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the University Union Ballroom by Dr. Michael T. Longaker, professor and vice chair, Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine.

His research has shown that molecule-based inhibition of certain enzymatic activity during wound healing results in diminished cutaneous scarring. Longaker’s investigation holds promise for translational medicine aimed at in vivo modulation of stem-cell behavior.

Longaker serves as director for the Program in Regenerative Medicine, and Children’s Surgical Research. He is well published and by courtesy a professor of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

The Regenerative Medicine lectures focus on the latest breakthroughs in stem-cell research and involve a partnership with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lectures are funded through a CIRM grant in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program.

For more information, visit the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at or call (916) 278-4655. – Craig Koscho