Bioprinting is topic of March 14 Omaha Science Cafe

March 07, 2017

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John Jackson, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, will discuss bioprinting at the next Omaha Science Café being held at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Various bioprinting technologies have been developed and utilized for applications in life sciences. Dr. Jackson will discuss the general principles and limitations of the most widely used bioprinting technologies, including jetting- and extrusion-based systems.

Bioprinting technology has emerged as a tool for building tissue and organ structures in the field of tissue engineering. The technology allows precise placement of cells, biomaterials and biomolecules in spatially predefined locations within confined three-dimensional (3D) structures.

Application-based research focused on tissue regeneration will be presented, as well as current challenges that hinder clinical utility of bioprinting technology.

This café is sponsored by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

Science Cafés involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older) and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a Q-and-A period.

Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

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