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Keywords: beta cell BIG

Record History
Added on January 9, 2015 at 2:16 PM by Brown, Deborah
Modified on July 31, 2015 at 4:39 PM by Brown, Deborah
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Meeting Details

Start Date / Time August 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM
End Date / Time August 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM
Duration 55 minutes
Location 512 Light Hall
Presenter Name Ray Pasek (Gannon's lab)
Presentation Title "Connective tissue growth factor (Ctgf) and beta-cell regeneration: Lessons learned from animal models of β-cell death and gestational diabetes mellitus"
Status This meeting has already occurred

Meeting Agenda/Notes

The generation of functional tissue to replace that which was lost from injury or disease has the potential to alleviate a wide variety of human conditions, including diabetes. As there are no known stem cells that can generate new β-cells in the adult islet or pancreas, regenerative medicine approaches are focused on the expansion of existing cells into differentiated and functional β-cells. Using animal models and ex vivo assays, we explore the ability of Ctgf to stimulate β-cell proliferation. Our ongoing studies will also determine the potential of using bioengineered polymers to therapeutically deliver Ctgf to transplanted β-cells in vivo.