Perimeter Lecture: Engineering disease out of existence

Visit at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, for a look at the promise of regenerative medicine

Despite great strides made over the past 100 years, the central premise of medicine is unchanged: a patient comes down with symptoms, and a doctor treats those symptoms as best they can.

But what if physicians could stop a disease in its tracks, and even reverse its course? This is the goal of regenerative medicine.

To better understand this cutting-edge field of research and how it could change your health, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute will host a public lecture by Molly Shoichet, a Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto. The talk is called “Engineering Change in Medicine.”

Shoichet discussed experimental techniques such as growing a patient’s cancer cells in a lab to figure out which drugs would be most effective for that specific person, or using new methods of cell transplantation to partially reverse blindness in cases where slowing the loss of vision was once the most one could hope for.

In the video at the very top of this page, Shoichet explains some of her research and what it could mean for health care in additional detail.

The Perimeter Institute’s public lectures are held approximately once a month. TVO will stream the entire 2016-17 series.