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Science looks at new capacities for healing


Electricity may aid in healing.

 Medical research into shocking ways to help people recover from injuries will be the topic of the next regenerative medicine lecture 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the University Union Redwood Room.

Dr. Min Zhao of the UC Davis Department of Dermatology and Ophthalmology will discuss his research into the use of electricity to guide stem cells to wounds for healing. 

Electric fields occur naturally at the location of damaged tissues. Researchers have used electric fields to control limb and tail regeneration in amphibians and ocular lens regeneration in rodents.  Applied electrical fields have the potential to help heal the wounds of human patients.

The free public lecture is the second of four regenerative medicine discussions this academic year. They are presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence and supported by a grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.   

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