High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences will host its annual distinguished lecture series at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. Dr. Anthony Atala, professor and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is this year’s keynote speaker.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 29, 2019 – High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences presents Dr. Anthony Atala, professor and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as keynote for its semiannual Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Congdon Hall, room 3136. It is free and open to the public.
Atala’s lecture, titled “Regenerative Medicine – New Approaches to Healthcare,” aligns with the goal of HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies to explore topics on technological innovation in medical care.
Atala is a practicing surgeon and medicine researcher, and his research focuses on growing human tissues and organs using cells and 3D printing. He is the editor-in-chief of three journals, as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Inventors. Atala has received numerous awards for his work and has been featured twice in Time magazine’s “Top Five Medical Breakthroughs of the Year.”
Additionally, he was named by Scientific American among the “100 Most Influential People in Biotech.” Atala is the editor of 20 books, has published 600 journal articles and has applied for and received over 250 national and international patents.
“Dr. Atala is one of the most influential names in the field of regenerative medicine and biotechnology,” says Dr. Linda Sekhon, chair and professor of physician assistant studies. “Given the constant need for organ donors worldwide, his research and work on growing human cells and tissues for use in transplants is poised to improve—and save—the lives of millions. We are confident that his presentation will benefit medical learners, faculty, and providers, and we are honored to bring him to HPU.”