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Experts to discuss artificial organs and bionic technology at ASAIO meeting

Press briefings to be held June 13, 14, 15

University of Michigan Health System

The American Society for Artificial Internal Organs has long been the home of next-generation medicine. The Society is now inviting the medical and scientific media to get a glimpse of cutting-edge research in a wide range of bionic technologies. For the first time, a comprehensive slate of news briefings will be offered at the ASAIO Annual Conference to update you on these important advances.

At the dawn of the 21st century, the bionic human is emerging, a living being supplemented by an artificial heart, liver, kidneys, eyes and ears. Cell lines will soon create regenerated tissue to complement man-made bits and factory components - and, before long, the use of such replacement parts will be medicine's standard.

Here is a complete schedule of press briefings for the ASAIO meeting. All will be held in the press room at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Thursday, June 13, 2002


10:00 AM
Bionic livers: Relief for the transplant list -- or a safety risk?

  • MODERATOR: Achilles Demetriou, MD, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • David Cronin, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Donald Hillebrand, MD, Loma Linda Medical Center
  • Jan Stange, MD, University of California, San Diego

11:30 AM
Research Updates

  • "Star Trek" glasses provide sight for the blind -- William Dobelle, PhD, The Dobelle Institute
  • Reprogramming cochlear implants to improve sound -- Jay Rubinstein, MD, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Human arteries grown in a jar -- Laura Niklason, MD, PhD, Duke University Medical Center
  • Regenerating younger, healthier bodies -- William Haseltine, PhD, Human Genome Sciences
  • Breathing life into artificial lungs -- Robert Bartlett, MD, University of Michigan Medical Center
  • The science of transplanting hands -- Scott Gruber, MD, PhD, Wayne State University's School of Medicine

3:00 PM
Frontiers of artificial and replacement organs and tissue

  • MODERATOR: O. Howard Frazier, MD, President ASAIO, Texas Heart Institute
  • Gerson Rosenberg, PhD, Program Chair 2002 ASAIO, Penn State - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Michael Lysaght, PhD, Brown University
  • Amy Friedman, MD, Yale New Haven Organ Transplant Center
  • Thomas Depner, MD, University of California- Davis
  • Shelley McKellar, PhD, ASAIO Scholar, Project Bionics


Friday, June 14, 2002

9 AM
Next generation hearts: Bionic cure for heart failure?

  • MODERATOR: Jane E. Reedy, RN, MSN Thoratec Corporation
  • Eric Rose, MD, Columbia University
  • Walter Pae, Jr., MD, Penn State - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Laman Gray, Jr., MD, University of Louisville
  • Daniel J. Goldstein, MD, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Robert Jarvik, MD, Jarvik Heart

12:00 Noon
Should patients have more frequent dialysis to improve health?

  • MODERATOR: Stephen Ash, MD, Renal Solutions, Inc.
  • Paul Eggers, PhD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
  • Carl Kjellstrand, MD, PhD, Aksys Ltd
  • Robert Lindsay, MD, London Health Sciences Centre, Canada
  • Deborah Zimmerman, MD, University of Ottawa, Canada

3 PM Research Updates

  • Growing organs for humans from animal cells -- Marc Hammerman, MD, Washington University
  • Repairing infant hearts with tissue-engineered umbilical cord cells -- Alexander Kadner, MD, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Preventing strokes by blocking blood clots -- Ygael Grad, PhD, MindGuard Ltd.
  • Regenerating damaged vocal cords from stem cells -- Shin-ichi Kanemaru, Kyoto University
  • Treating paralysis with neuromotor implants -- Gerhard Friehs, MD, Brown University


Saturday, June 15, 2002

10:30 AM
Telemedicine: Dawn of the robo-surgeon?

  • MODERATOR: Eli Friedman, MD, SUNY Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn
  • Steven Butner, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Michel Gagner, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center

12:00 Noon
Research Updates

  • Treating chronic disease with cellular therapies -- Thomas Okarma, MD, PhD, Geron Corporation
  • Regenerated brain membrane is thicker and stronger -- Seijun Fukuda, Kyoto University
  • Freeze-dried replacement heart valves last longer -- Adolfo Leirner, MD, Heart Institute of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • New skin made from hair repairs wounds -- René Goedkoop, MD, Modex Therapeutics, Switzerland
  • Bio-glue promotes cell death -- Yui-Chi Wang, National Taiwan University


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