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UC Irvine to Host Lecture on New Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering; ''Engineering New Materials That 'Talk' to Cells'' Lecture to Take Place on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at 7:45 a.m. in the University Club.

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, invites the public to attend a lecture titled "Engineering New Materials That 'Talk' to Cells" on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the University Club. The lecture is the third in the School's series of quarterly events, titled "Engineering Innovations," in which faculty experts explore a variety of emerging technological fields. Complimentary breakfast and parking are provided.

"Engineering New Materials That 'Talk' to Cells"

Research in the field of biomaterials has experienced a renaissance in the past two decades. No longer are researchers focused on creating smooth titanium implants for hip repair or ceramic materials for dental implants. Instead, research in this area seeks to design materials that interact with biological macromolecules, cells, and tissues in a specific fashion.

UC Irvine Assistant Professor Andrew J. Putnam will discuss the development of new biomaterials with tunable chemical and mechanical properties in an effort to engineer new materials that "talk" to cells. The application of these materials in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine will be discussed, as will their potential utility in translating stem cell-based therapies from bench to bedside. Further information can be found at http://www.eng.uci.edu.

Register to Attend

This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to engineerRSVP@uci.edu or call 949-824-3923 to reserve a seat.

About The Henry Samueli School of Engineering: The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine is one of the nation's fastest-growing engineering schools, attracting talented engineering faculty and students from across the nation and abroad. The School consists of five departments: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and mechanical and aerospace engineering; and is home to numerous research centers, including the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, and the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing. Additionally, it is a major participant in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Further, more than a third of the School's faculty members are fellows in professional societies and seven have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering. For more information, please visit www.eng.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

Television: UCI has a broadcast studio available for live or taped interviews. For more information, visit http://today.uci.edu/broadcast.

News Radio: UCI maintains on campus an ISDN for conducting interviews with its faculty and experts. The use of this line is available free-of-charge to radio news programs/stations who wish to interview UCI faculty and experts. Use of ISDN line limited by availability and approval by the university.

UCI maintains an online directory of faculty available as experts to the media. To access, visit www.today.uci.edu/experts.
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