Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London
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A joint public lecture organised by the IPEM, IET and IMechE
The second annual Peter Wells Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Molly Stevens of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London on the subject of “Designing materials to heal the body and detect disease earlier”.
Bio-responsive hybrid materials are of growing importance with potential applications including drug delivery, diagnostics and tissue engineering. A side effect of longer life-spans is the failure of one
part of the body. The search for replacement body parts has
fuelled the highly interdisciplinary field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. This talk will describe our research on the design of new hybrid materials to direct stem cell
differentiation for regenerative medicine. This talk will also provide an overview of our recent developments in the design of mobile health connected point of care tests for ultrasensitive biosensing to diagnose infectious and other diseases.
18:00 - Lecture Programme
18:00 Registration & Refreshments
18:45 Keynote Lecture: “Designing materials to heal the body and detect disease earlier”
19:30 Question & Answer session
19:45 Closing remarks
20:00 Networking & refreshments
21:00 Close of event
Professor Molly Stevens: Research Director for Biomedical Materials Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London
Molly Stevens is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial.
She joined Imperial in 2004 after postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
With a First Class Honours degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PhD in biophysical investigations of specific biomolecular interactions and single biomolecule mechanics, Molly's eventual transition to regenerative medicine was inspired by a lecture by Professor Langer. Here, she saw a picture of a young boy with terminal liver failure and learned how Professor Langer was working to address such important medical problems.
A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Molly now spearheads her own research in this promising field at Imperial, leading a large research group.
She is also Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform Hub for Acellular Smart Materials, Deputy Director of the “i-sense” Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases and Associate Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Centre.
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