ENGINEERING NEWS

Dean's Centennial Seminar Series Welcomes Douglas Losordo

Douglas Losordo, director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, will speak at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the ITW classroom in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center as part of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Centennial Seminar Series and the Grand Challenges in Medicine and Engineering Lecture Series.

Losordo, who is also director of the program in cardiovascular regenerative medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will give a talk titled "Cell based therapies for heart and vascular disease." Losordo will present the results of a study that used cell therapy for the repair of ischemic tissue.

Losordo is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. Losordo's major research interests encompass angiogenesis/ vasculogenesis, progenitor/adult stem cells, tissue repair/regeneration, and vascular biology.

The lecture is also part of the Dean's Grand Challenges Lecture Series in Medicine and Engineering. A partnership between McCormick and the Feinberg School of Medicine, the series of six lectures brings together engineering and medical faculty members to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration. The 2009-2010 inaugural season spans topics ranging from neurobiology and nanomechanics, to cell-based therapies for heart disease, to oncofertility and more.