Pharmacology researcher to present final lecture in New Frontiers series

Apr 16, 2015 | Research and Development

Louisiana Tech University will close its 2014-2015 New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Bruce Bunnell, professor of pharmacology and director of the Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at Tulane University.
Dr. Bruce Bunnell

Dr. Bruce Bunnell

Bunnell will present a lecture titled, “Mesenchymal Lineage Stem Cells are Potent Anti-Inflammatory Mediators” at 3:30 p.m., April 27 in University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus. The lecture is free and members of the campus and local communities are cordially invited to attend.
The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series is a year-long, multidisciplinary program that focuses on advancements in the fields of biomedical engineering, biology, physics, and chemistry in an effort to promote understanding of human health and disease. By interacting with leaders in these research fields, the series seeks to expose Louisiana Tech students to growing areas of research and enhance Louisiana Tech’s own impacts in biomedical research.
Bunnell’s research focuses on isolating and characterizing human bone marrow and adipose derived adult stem cells for their use in the treatment of disease. There are currently over 400 clinical trials seeking to treat a number of autoimmune and degenerative disease using adult stem cells. In order to maximize the therapeutic potential of these cells it is critical to understand how they behave and what role they would have in treating disease.
Working at the cutting edge of this field, Bunnell is establishing protocols, practices and conducting fundamental research into how we can best use stem cells in the clinic. He has a successful history of National Institute of Health (NIH) funding for his research and sits on the editorial board for a number of stem cell focused scientific journals.
Lectures throughout this year’s New Frontiers in Biomedical Research series have been sponsored by the Lincoln Health Foundation, ADVANCEing Women in Science, Sigma Xi, Louisiana Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS), the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, the College of Engineering and Science, and the School of Biological Sciences.
“As we conclude this year’s seminar series, we want to thank all who have attended the lectures, met with the speakers and supported the series,” said Dr. Jamie Newman, assistant professor of biological sciences at Louisiana Tech and organizer of the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research series. “These events give Louisiana Tech an opportunity to showcase our own facilities and research to nationally recognized researchers, and offer our faculty a chance for collaborations. It also introduces our students to cutting edge research and gives members of the community a chance to interact with experts in areas of biomedical research who are striving to improve medicine and patient care.
“We look forward to continuing this series next year with the continued support of various departments on campus, Lincoln Health Foundation and generous donations from members of the community.”
For more information on the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research series, contact Newman at