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Catch-up – Building brains for medical Research by Dr Sam Moxon

Hosted by Adam Smith

Dr Sam Moxon, Research Associate from the University of Manchester presents his  research on 3D bio printing iPSC Models for Neurodegeneration. Explaining some of the principles behind it, and how building and layering brain cells and tissues provides a better mechanism for studying the brain over those in a dish.

The idea of growing new tissues and organs in labs for medical science may still seem like something from Bladerunner but scientists around the world work on this today. This valuable field of research can help us understand complex neurological diseases without the need for animal testing. It can also allow us to create better therapies for diseases like Alzheimer’s by giving us a better understanding of how they manifest.

Sam is a biomaterials scientist by trade so his expertise falls at the interface between biology and engineering. He has a PhD in regenerative medicine and is now working on trying to improve on culture techniques for human stem cells, so that we can gain a better understanding of how diseases like Alzheimer’s manifest. In particular, he is a fan of anything related to bioprinting.

This Midday Lecture Webinar was recorded on the 29th October 2020 and is brought to you by the NIHR Dementia Researcher Website, and hosted by Adam Smith, Programme Director at the Office of the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research, University College London

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