BAR HARBOR – Nadia Rosenthal, Ph.D., a leading scientist in the field of regenerative medicine, will lead an MDI Science Café called “Regenerative Medicine and the End of Aging” at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 4.
Dr. Rosenthal is the founding director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, where her research focuses on embryonic heart development, aging mechanisms, and stem cell-driven regeneration of heart and muscle tissue. She recently discovered an unexpected connection between regenerative processes and the immune response.
“The human body’s repair processes decline as we grow older,” Dr. Rosenthal notes. “The limited restorative capacity of some tissues has been attributed at least in part to persistent inflammation as we age. Our approach has been to tinker with immune mechanisms at work in the mammalian stem cell response to damage, disease and aging.” The results of her research, Dr. Rosenthal says, support the feasibility of intervening with our incomplete response to injury or disease and providing new targets for clinical intervention.
A visual artist as well as scientist, Dr. Rosenthal spent twelve years as head of the Mouse Biology Unit at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Rome, Italy, and currently holds a chair in cardiovascular science at Imperial College London within the National Heart and Lung Institute (UK). Ceramic dinner plates based on designs she created to decorate her scientific textbook Heart Development and Regeneration are on display at the MDI Biological Laboratory’s current Art Meets Science exhibit.
Dr. Rosenthal is a seasonal resident of Mount Desert and a member of the board of scientific counselors for the MDI Biological Laboratory.
The MDI Science Cafés are free of charge and a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory. They offer a new way for the public to meet with scientists and explore the science that affects everyone’s lives in a lively, relaxed forum. At each café, a scientist presents her or his ideas briefly in everyday language and then the floor is opened for questions, discussion, and debate. Each Café lasts about an hour, and refreshments are available.
For more information, visit www.mdibl.org/events or call 207.288.3147.