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SFU Café Scientifique
March 15, 2019
“Using stem cells to treat patients at risk of sudden cardiac death”
with Dr. Glen Tibbits
Professor, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Friday, March 15, 2019
Our lab specializes making stem cells (human induced pluripotent stem cells or hiPSCs) from the blood of children and adult patients who have inherited cardiac arrhythmias which have the potential to lead to sudden cardiac arrest. We differentiate these hiPSCs into beating heart cells in order for us to use a “Disease in a Dish” approach to understand better the basis of their arrhythmias and to find personalized treatments for these patients.
Dr. Tibbits is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and Senior Scientist at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. He has been studying electrical function and dysfunction in the heart for many years. He is excited about new tools that allow scientists to make hiPSCs from somatic cells and then to genome edit them using CRISPR as they have opened doors into previously unimaginable personalized medicine.
Boston Pizza (private room), 1045 Columbia St., New Westminster
(2 blocks from the New West skytrain station)
7:00-8:30pm (doors open for registration at 6:30pm)