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PCC/BYHS students learn about regenerative medicine

Published Monday, December 9, 2013
by Elizabeth Townsend

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A group of Piedmont Community College (PCC) students learned about the science behind regenerative medicine during a recent visit to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem. The group included Bartlett Yancey High School students enrolled in PCC’s Medical Assisting I as well as those enrolled in Career and College Promise classes.

Dr. Ben Harrison, a chemist at the institute, provided a presentation explaining regenerative medicine, and the students toured the laboratory where organs and tissues are being grown. “I thought listening to the chemist talk about his research and the trials and experimentation was the most interesting part of the field trip,” said Taylor Cassady, a Medical Assisting I student.

On their tour, the students saw molds created for organs and tissues and learned that the molds are coated with stem cells. Students, including Keyauna Woods, liked being able to see and touch ear and nose molds. “Something interesting on the trip was the little models they were making to build the new organs. It was really cool, like seeing the ear,” she said.

BYHS students are allowed to take some college-level courses at PCC through the Career and College Promise program. For more information, BYHS students or their parents should contact their high school guidance counselors or Katrina Madden, coordinator of BYHS programs, at (336) 694-8044.

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is working to grow tissues and organs and develop healing cell therapies for more than 30 different areas of the body, from bladder and trachea to cartilage and heart. They are international leaders in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies. Their scientists have been the first in the world to reach a number of research successes, including the implantation of a laboratory-grown organ into humans.

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BYHS students attending PCC’s Nursing Assistant I and Career and College Promise classes visited the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem.