SPRING SEMINAR SERIES                       

Comparative Biomedical Sciences                  

School of Veterinary Medicine

Room 1212C - 12 Noon


March 22, 2018

Mimi Sammarco, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA


Host: Dr. Michael Mathis


Bone and Soft Tissue Regeneration in a Mouse Model: Pointing a finger at a Mechanism


The healing and regenerative capacity of bone, and all tissues, declines with age and fundamentally compromises the quality of life in the elderly and increases the cost of care. In particular, advancing age affects bone homeostasis; aged bone is resorbed and not effectively replaced by osteoblasts depositing new bone. This change leads to bone loss, poor fracture and bone healing, and osteoporosis in elderly patients. Digit regeneration is a well-characterized, multi-tissue system that encompasses bone, soft tissue, and tendon, and yet this regenerating model has never been characterized in the context of aging. A more thorough understanding of regeneration mechanisms impacted by aging will provide insight into the control of regeneration and help to elucidate pathways that could be used to promote regeneration in the aged. Our lab has begun studies to evaluate bone and soft tissue regeneration in aged mice in order to elucidate molecular cascades that lead to regeneration competent and incompetent events.



Thanks to our Guest Speakers for Spring 2018


January 11, 2018

Thank you, Natalie M. Johnson!

Professor of Immunology & Microbiology
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
Texas A&M University School of Public Health


January 25, 2018

Thank you, Ronald Klein!

Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport


February 8, 2018

Thank you, Michael F. Salvatore!

Associate Professor
Institute for Healthy Aging, Center for Neuroscience Discovery
University of North Texas Health Science Center


February 22, 2018

Thank you, Judith T. Zelikoff!

Laboratory of Pulmonary & Systemic Toxicology
New York University School of Medicine


March 8, 2018

Thank you, Karen P. Maruska!

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Louisiana State University