26 April 2011 | New Hazlett Theater | 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh researchers have long attracted the national and international spotlight. We know the stories of Dr. Jonas Salk who created a polio vaccine and Dr. Thomas Starzl who performed the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967. Our April 26 cityLIVE! is telling the stories of other medical innovators.
Our panelists include Hugh Herr, who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, is a Heinz Award recipient who turned his passion for mountain climbing into a drive to create the world’s most advanced walking devices for people who, like himself, have lost limbs; Alan J. Russell focuses on developing therapies at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh that reestablish tissue and organ function impaired by disease, trauma or genetics; and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Vonda Wright who is the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA) at UPMC, a program dedicated to maximizing performance and minimizing injury in elite athletes and recreational exercisers over 40.
Our moderator, Dr. Maria Simbra, is an Emmy award-winning medical journalist for KDKA-TV.