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Mississippi University for Women alumna Dr. Doris Taylor of the Texas Heart Institute will present a keynote address during the Imagine, Inspire, Challenge Symposium at the university at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

Mississippi University for Women alumna Dr. Doris Taylor of the Texas Heart Institute will present a keynote address during the Imagine, Inspire, Challenge Symposium at the university at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

Texas-based artist Dario Robleto will join Dr. Doris Taylor Feb. 6 in a presentation at the Imagine, Inspire, Challenge Symposium at Mississippi University for Women.

Texas-based artist Dario Robleto will join Dr. Doris Taylor Feb. 6 in a presentation at the Imagine, Inspire, Challenge Symposium at Mississippi University for Women.
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A noted artist will join a renowned scientist for a keynote address to kick off the fourth annual Imagine, Inspire, Challenge Symposium Feb. 6 and 7 at Mississippi University for Women. This year's conference is titled "Stem Cell Therapies in 2020: Healing, Hope or Hype."

 

During a 7 p.m. keynote in Whitfield Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 6, Houston, Texas-based transdisciplinary artist Dario Robleto will join MUW alumna Dr. Doris A. Taylor, director of regenerative medicine at the Texas Heart Institute, for a conversation on the deep connections between art and science, focusing in particular on Taylor's groundbreaking research in trying to create a functioning human organ.

 

Featuring both visuals and discussion, the keynote is themed "The Art and Science of Building a Human Heart."

 

 

During a 20-year career, Robleto has sought to cultivate transformative interactions between the arts, humanities and sciences. He has exhibited his work extensively since 1997 at museums such as the Menil Collection in Houston and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been profiled in numerous publications and media outlets, including Radiolab, Krista Tippet's On Being and the New York Times.

 

He has been a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the SETI Institute, the Robert Raushenberg Residency and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

 

Robleto currently is an artist-in-residence in neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering and artist-at-large at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and the Block Museum of Art. In 2016, he was appointed as the Texas State Artist Laureate.

 

 

About Taylor

 

Taylor, a 1977 graduate of The W and co-founder of the II+C Symposium, is leading international regenerative medicine research efforts, creating cutting edge therapies for chronic disease and "building the future treatments of tomorrow." An educator with over 25 years of teaching experience, she is committed to moving innovative therapies from bench to bedside, while preparing students/fellows to compete at an international level in the field of cardiac and vascular repair and regeneration.

 

Taylor has worked in the field of cardiovascular regenerative medicine since its inception and is widely regarded as a major thought-leader in the field. Her groundbreaking research, using animal and human cadaver hearts, is attempting to "build a heart" by using stem cell therapies to help a non-functioning heart regenerate, beat and thrive. The work has the potential to transform the future of organ transplantation and treatments for heart disease.

 

Taylor frequently appears as an expert on stem cell therapy and cardiac repair in the media as well as in the scientific arena. Her work has been recognized and featured by "60 Minutes," CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC "Horizon," BBC News Health, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Associated Press, National Public Radio, NOVA "Science Now," Science Channel "Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking," Huffington Post (Canada), and numerous other worldwide media outlets.

 

 

Events Feb. 7

 

A range of experts in stem cell therapies will highlight the half-day sessions Friday, Feb. 7.

 

  • 8:30 a.m. - Dr. Luiz C. Sampaio, also based at the Texas Heart Institute, will discuss "Evidence-Based Stem Cell Therapy: Stem Cells and Cancer." Dr. Sampaio is the director for Preclinical Surgical and Interventional Research, Cullen Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratories, as well as associate medical director, Regenerative Medicine at THI. A former cardiothoracic surgeon who has performed more than 3,000 thoracic surgeries, Sampaio now provides medical and surgical expertise and training, organizational leadership and business development and fiscal management experience to the THI regenerative medicine research teams.

     

  • 9 a.m. - Dr. Mary C. Farach Carson, director of clinical/translational research and professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry, will discuss "Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine Therapy: Opportunities and Challenges." An active researcher with a federally and industry-funded laboratory focused on tissue engineering, extracellular matrix and cancer biology, she is a pioneer in the use of complex 3D systems for cell and microtissue culture of both normal and cancerous tissues.

     

    The author of more than 200 publications and co-editor of a seven-volume series, Topics in Bone Biology, she frequently serves as a reviewer for both grant applications and journal articles.

     

  • 9:30 a.m. - Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis Mortari, vice chair for research and professor, Department of Pediatrics, Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota and director, University of Minnesota 3D Bioprinting Facility, will discuss "New Stem Cell Therapies and Beyond/3D Printing with Stem Cells." Panoskaltsis-Mortari has board certification from the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology. She is a member of numerous immunology, pulmonary and hematology professional societies, and the author of over 250 articles which have appeared in such publications as Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Blood, Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American Journal of Physiology and Journal of Immunology.

     

  • 10:15 a.m. - Jamie Gaudet, W alum and clinical practice manager for Gulf Coast Orthopedics in Houma, Louisiana, will discuss "Stem Cells in Orthopedics." A nurse practitioner who holds her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The W, Gaudet specializes in orthopedics, orthopedic surgery and more.

     

  • 10:45 a.m. - David Bales, co-founder and president of Texans for Cures, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, that advocates for stem cell research, regenerative medicine and immunotherapy strategies, will discuss "Right to Try and Stem Cell Clinics." Bales co-founded Texans for Stem Research in 2008, renamed Texans for Cures in 2016. He is committed to funding FDA-approved clinical trials, mainly for childhood diseases.

     

  • 11:15 a.m. - Dr. Doris A. Taylor will discuss "Considering Stem Cell Treatment? What You Need to Know."

     

    The symposium will conclude with a panelist roundtable discussing "What Will the Next 10 Years of Stem Cell Research Bring?"

     

     

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