SciCafe: Mending a Broken Heart
February 3, 2016
How can doctors repair damaged cardiac tissue while the heart still beats and pumps blood? Join stem cell researcher Jeffrey Karp to understand how scientists are drawing inspiration from nature, building on the biology and chemistry of gecko feet, spider webs, porcupine quills, and more. Learn more about new biologically inspired glue that can be used to connect devices inside a beating heart and seal high-pressure large blood vessels.
This SciCafe event occurred on February 3, 2016. Hear the full program in this podcast, or watch a version here:
- Watch Dr. Jeff Karp’s TEDMED talk on biomimicry and harnessing nature’s secrets.
- A video, featuring Dr. Jeff Karp, focused on translating research into improved patient care. Recent innovations include a needle that automatically stops when it hits the right location within a person's body.
- Learn about several medical devices developed through the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Regenerative Medicine Center that are inspired by how animals adapt to their environment.
- Read about bio-inspired medical glues used for minimally invasive tissue Repair.
- An article on a new tool for tissue sealing, and repair.
- Learn how barbs on the porcupine quill enable easy tissue penetration, and difficult removal.
Dr. Jeff Karp is an Associate Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is on the faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. His research harnesses materials science and stem cell biology to solve medical problems, with emphasis on nanoscale/microscale materials and bio-inspired approaches. A recipient of many awards, including the Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award, Karp in 2014 gave a TEDMED talk on bio-inspired medical innovation and, in 2015, became a member of the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board to help curate the stage program’s themes, topics, speakers, and performers.
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- Get three stamps, receive a free drink.
- Get five stamps, receive a free Frequent Geek T-shirt.
- Get all nine stamps, and receive two tickets to a special exhibition of your choice.
The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.
SciCafe:Mending a Broken Heart, The Secret World Inside You, and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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