The Advanced Materials in Medicine (AMM) Seminars are delivered as part of the Pankhurst Seminar Series. The Pankhurst Seminar Series provides an opportunity to experience talk and discussion from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, reflecting the diverse and inter-disciplinary character of the Christabel Pankhurst Institute. The series is open to anyone with an interest in health technology and we welcome topic and speaker suggestions from the community. The series includes general seminars on the broad topic of health technology research and innovation as well as themed seminars on Digital Health Inequities (delivered by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester), Prediction Modelling, Advanced Materials in Medicine (AMM), and the International Centre for Translational Digital Health (ICTDH). These seminars are usually run hybrid, and where possible, are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube page.
The Advanced Materials in Medicine (AMM) Seminars focus on multidisciplinary projects and facilities at the University of Manchester, which discover new advanced materials and their uses to address unmet biological and clinical needs. Each hybrid seminar consists of short talks over 1 hour. The seminar welcomes anyone with an interest in advanced materials used in clinical settings.
Dr Rahaf Issa, Research Associate/ Devision of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
Rahaf is a post-doctoral research associate in the Nano-Cell Biology team at the Centre for Nanotechnology in Medicine (FBMH). Her research focuses on the development of advanced in vitro models for toxicity assessment of nanomaterials. As part of the EU Graphene Flagship project, Rahaf developed a hESC-derived lung organoid exposure model and validated its suitability using graphene oxide and multi-walled carbon nanotube exposures. Rahaf is currently working on PLASTICHEAL, an EU funded project that aims at developing tools to study the impact and mode of action of micro/nanoplastics on human health. She is also involved in developing organoid models that better recapitulate glioblastoma in vitro.
The title of Rahaf's talk is 'Exploring the application of organoid technology in nanotoxicity and beyond'.
Dr. John-Robert Davis, Research Fellow, Division of Molecular and Cellular Function.
John-Rovebert joined the University of Manchester in October 2022 where he has been establishing the Hungry Tissue lab on a Wellcome ISSF and a Dean's prize fellowship. The Hungry Tissue lab is interested in understanding how metabolism and nutrients impact how tissues generate their shape during morphogenesis. To examine this question the Hungry Tissue lab employ biofabrication techniques to mimic 2D and 3D morphogenesis as well as Drosophila embryogenesis as model systems.
The title of John-Robert's talk is 'Biophysics, Metabolism, Tissue Morphogenesis - using 2D and 3D biofabrication techniques'.
The event is held in the Christabel Pankhurst Institute, Emmeline Suite B (Ground Floor). It will be held hybrid.
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