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Bioengineering Forum kicks off Feb. 23 (2-21-01)

Highly regarded plastic surgeon Jaime R. Garza, M.D., D.D.S., of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), will discuss “Tissue Engineering and Reconstructive Surgery” during The Bioengineering Forum, a new seminar series featuring speakers from UTHSC and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

The public is invited.

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, on the second floor of the Science Building at UTSA. The room number is 2.03.12. The series is offered by the center for clinical bioengineering at UTHSC and the colleges of engineering and sciences at UTSA.

Tissue engineering is the science of persuading the body to heal or regenerate tissues that do not do so spontaneously. Applications are almost endless, from growth of new teeth to regeneration of heart muscle to repair of fractures and damaged cartilage.

Dr. Garza is associate professor of surgery and chief of the division of plastic surgery at UTHSC. His many clinical interests range from cleft palate surgery to sports injury prevention.

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, and Ricardo Romo, Ph.D., president of UTSA, will help inaugurate the series. Earlier in February, The University of Texas System Board of Regents authorized planning for UTHSC-UTSA joint degree programs in bioengineering and several other fields.

For information about the public seminar, call (210) 567-6495 or 458-4431.

Contact: Will Sansom