Correction: An earlier version of this post gave the wrong date for the lectures. The dates are May 10 and May 11. The post has been corrected.
An expert in stem cells and regenerative biology will be in Roanoke next week as part of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s lecture series.
Amy Wagers will talk about the basic properties of stem cells that make them attractive for developing therapies for diseases. She will also share some of the possible ways stem cell research may lead to improved medical treatments.
Michael Friedlander, executive director of the research institute, said Wagers’ talk will be “one of the most provocative and exciting” of the lecture series.
“This will be a particularly interesting series of presentations for the public in light of the keen interest of people of all walks of life and ages in the promise of stem cell therapies for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury, aging, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancers,” Friedlander said in an email.
Wagers, who is from the Harvard University Medical School Stem Cell Institute, will give two lectures. The first, on Thursday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m., is geared for the general public. The Friday, May 11 lecture, at 1 p.m., is open to the public but more directed at the scientific and medical communities and will be a presentation of her research.