NLA hosts the 4th International Conference on Regenerative Medicine and Healthy Aging

May 12, 2016

DSC_0214National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University hosts the 4th International Conference on Regenerative Medicine and Healthy Aging. The purpose of the two-day conference is to constitute a forum for many national and foreign research groups to integrate, dialogue, and discuss advanced achievements in gerontology and biomedicine.  

Scientists from leading universities of neighboring countries and far abroad from the United Kingdom, Russia, China,  the U.S.A, South Korea, and Germany, senior management of research organizations, educational institutions, healthcare industry representatives, officials and representatives of government of Kazakhstan attend this year’s conference.

“Regenerative medicine has become increasingly important over the last decade owing to rapid changes in society,” said Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, the Director-General of National Laboratory Astana, during the opening ceremony. “Therefore this very interdisciplinary field of biomedical research requires suitable platforms for scientific exchange. This Conference has been designed to provide such platform in order to discuss innovative and comprehensive approaches of the latest research developments of Regenerative Medicine and Healthy Aging. Through this conference, we would like to engage with all of you in an open and constructive dialogue about the innovative advances in regenerative medicine, the creation of scientific foundations of healthy aging, the development of international cooperation in innovative research directions in the field of biomedicine.”

The conference is moderated by renowned scientists. Highlights include:

 A panel discussion on Innovative Medicine, Bioengineering and Cell Technologies, including Dr. Richard Barker, Professor of Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI), University Oxford, UK; Elisabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva Sciences USA Inc. Washington, USA; Avi Roy, President of the Biogerontology Research Foundation (BGRF), Partner at Deep Knowledge Life Sciences, UK; Kyung-Sun Kang, Director of Adult Stem Cell Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea; Da-Xiang CUI, Director of Department of Bio-Nano Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.

A panel discussions on Healthy Aging and Gerontology and Neurodegeneration & Neurological disorders featuring  Kerim Mutig, Academic Director of the Berlin Medical College, PD. Dr. at the Institute for Vegetative Anatomy, Charité – Medical University, Berlin, Germany;  Paul Gard, Professor of School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, and other prominent scientists.   

A satellite session: round table on Genomic Research in Kazakhstan: Directions, Challenges, Integrations moderated by Ainur Akilzhanova, National Laboratory Astana, and  Best Poster Presentation award with young scientists’ presentations on biomedicine and biotechnology.    

Reference: In 2011, Nazarbayev University hosted the first conference on regenerative medicine and healthy aging, which discussed a wide range of issues - from genomics and cellular biology to epidemiology and the development of specific methods for the treatment of diseases associated with aging. It was attended by major international experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and other countries, such as Alan Russell, Geoffrey Ginsburg, Aubrey de Grey, Allison Murdoch, Keith Campbell, and many other renowned scientists. The conference format traditionally includes plenary sessions, oral presentations and discussions.

The aim of regenerative medicine is to restore the structure and function of diseased or damaged tissues and organs via cellular and bioengineering technologies and approaches. For the successful development of biomedical science in Kazakhstan at National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University  were established and effectively work  bioengineering research institute, regenerative medicine and neuroscience institute, genomic medicine institute, experimental and clinical pharmacology and pharmacy institute, biosensor technology institute, and others. The results of these unique institutions will allow Kazakhstan to become an international hub of biomedical industry in Eurasia.

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