Exercising osteocytes and old ladies (and men!) - ITSMED seminar
  • Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre

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 Exercising osteocytes and old ladies (and men!) - the molecular and cellular response of human bone to mechanical stimulation

  • Speaker: Dr Val Mann, School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences, Plymouth University.

Bone is the ultimate “smart engineering” material being capable of both self-design and self-repair. The cell that orchestrates these processes is the osteocyte and maintenance of a viable osteocyte population in bone is important for skeletal health. The talk will focus on the use of an ex vivo 3D bioreactor system to study the role mechanical stimulation (exercise) has on the prevention of osteocyte apoptosis in human bone. In addition, how the utilisation of these mechanotransduction principles has led to the design smart exercise regimens for the frail elderly.

This seminar is arranged by the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine, within the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

The audience for the ITSMED seminar includes a mix of academic staff (clinical and scientific), post-doctoral fellows, postgraduate students and occasionally undergraduate students. Speakers are invited to talk for approximately 40 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions at the end.

Contact for further information: vikram.sharma@plymouth.ac.uk

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