Regenerative medicine: a biological boost

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 1 October

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • How can we heal ourselves?

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Concession £10


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Event description

How do you create smart materials capable of healing bone, restoring kidney function or reversing the onset of diabetes? Can our own stem cells be used to heal us? Join us as we explore these questions, and more, with experts within regenerative medicine. This event is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

There will be a free drinks reception after the event, courtesy of the Embassay of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

The Netherlands and the United Kingdom share a long history of scientific exchange and collaboration. The Netherlands treasures and stimulates these excellent relations, especially in an era where complex societal challenges are not contained by borders, not even the stretch of water between us as North Sea Neighbours. These scientific solutions require international collaboration and ongoing exchange of scientific idea

About the speakers

Prof Pamela Habibović's research group focuses on inorganic biomaterials for use in tissue regeneration, or as nanoparticles for theranostics, and on high-throughput production and screening approaches for biomaterials based on microfluidics.

She has published over 70 scientific papers, 10 book chapters and has given over 35 invited presentations. For her research, she received prestigious Veni (2009), Aspasia (2013) and Vidi (2017) personal grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research among other external research funds. She was one of the six applicants of the recently awarded 18.8 M EUR Gravitation grant “Materials-Driven Regeneration” given by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In 2013, she was elected a council member of the European Society for Biomaterials, she was board member of the Female Faculty Network Twente and serves as an editorial board member of the journals Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Advanced Biomaterials and Devices in Medicine and Biomatter. In 2013, she received the Jean Leray Award of the European Society for Biomaterials. She is the chair of the 29th Annual Congress of the European Society for Biomaterials, to be held in Maastricht in September 2018.


Paolo De Coppi is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), and Reader and Head of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London.

He has been an Honorary Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, since 2013, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, since 2009 and an Honorary Assistant Professor in Paediatric Surgery at the University of Padua, Italy, since 2005. He co-ordinates the EU Horizon2020 funded stem cell research consortium - INTENS which aims to aims to make a functional reconstructed bowel for people with Short Bowel Syndrome.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


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