March 19th 2014

IBME MONTHLY SEMINAR – Dr James Phillips – Wednesday March 19th, 5pm in J Z Young Lecture Theatre, UCL Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. The event will be followed by nibbles, drinks and an opportunity to network, at Wilkins South Cloisters.

James will be presenting his talk entitled “Engineering nervous system tissue”.

Dr James Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering at UCL and is involved in a range of research projects including collaborations with scientists, clinicians and engineers working in academia and industry. His research interest is in building artificial nervous system tissues from cells and extracellular matrix that can be used either as 3D models for neuroscience research or as implantable repair constructs for use in regenerative medicine. His first degree was in Biochemistry at Imperial College London, followed by a PhD in Pharmacology at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, awarded in 2000. He was a postdoctoral researcher on an EU project in the Tissue Repair and Engineering Centre at UCL developing tissue engineered devices for peripheral nerve and spinal cord repair, then worked as a Research Fellow in the Surgery Department at UCL, investigating the effects of the cancer treatment photodynamic therapy on the nervous system. From 2004 to 2013 he was a Lecturer in Health Sciences at the Open University, involved in a range of teaching, research and public engagement activities, then he moved to his current post at UCL in November 2013.

Brain cells in 3D culture

Brain cells in 3D culture

Engineered Neural Tissue

Engineered Neural Tissue

The UCL Anatomy Building is located on Gower Street and is outlined in red on the map below.

UCL Campus Map

Directions: The UCL Anatomy Building is located on Gower Street (outlined in red on the map above). Main entrance on Gower Street, Lecture Theatre on ground floor, straight through lobby.

The closest underground stations to Gower Street are Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line) or Warren Street (Victoria or Northern Line). The nearest main line stations are Euston and Kings Cross. All of these stations are within 5-15 minutes walk.

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