Public lecture: Regenerative medicines for future healthcare

  • Professor Ivan Wall explores the ways that regenerative medicines will transform healthcare in the future

What are regenerative medicines? How will they revolutionise healthcare? Why do they need to be produced in large quantities?

These are the questions that Ivan Wall, Professor in Regenerative Medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy Bioprocessing, will seek to answer in his public lecture at Aston University on Tuesday 26th November.

Drawing on his research into the principles of tissue repair, Professor Wall will explain how the process can go wrong, as well as exploring how some tissues can naturally regenerate scar-free.  

He will also present examples of work that aim to scale up the production of new candidate therapies which it’s hoped will one day treat debilitating diseases as a standard healthcare intervention.

As Professor Wall explains: “The body has an incredible ability to heal itself after injury or disease. However, sometimes the healing process is inadequate or disease too powerful for conventional medicines to treat effectively.

“Regenerative medicines, that include living cell and gene therapies, are a new type of treatment set to revolutionise medicines. Research is needed to address how to produce them in large quantities to a consistent high quality.”

Professor Wall joined the School of Health and Life Sciences at Aston University from University College London in 2018.

His interest in the way that regenerative medicine might be applied to restore failing tissues and organs was underpinned by the thesis he wrote as part of his PhD in cell and molecular biology at Cardiff University. He has since won over £2 million in grant funding as principal investigator, published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and acted as a visiting professor at Dankook University in South Korea.

The event will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 26th November in room G11 at Aston University. It is free for staff, students and members of the public to attend and includes a drinks reception and an opportunity to network after the lecture.

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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