Walid A. Farhat
Walid A. Farhat has been working as a Pediatric Urologist with The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto since 2001. He has a particular clinical interest in minimal invasive surgery; including laparoscopic, single port, and endourologic procedures in children. He also has a vested interest in education and is actively involved in the organization of several laparoscopic courses that are taught on both national and international levels. In 2009, he was appointed as the Surgeon-in-Chief of Education for Perioperative Services at The Hospital for Sick Children. His research revolves around tissue engineering and bladder development. The urinary bladder has become more of an example of dynamic organ; therefore, all research findings may eventually be translated into different areas of interest, particularly cardiovascular and intestinal regeneration. Organ tissue engineering and organogenesis is dependent on the presence of suitable scaffolds and extracellular matrix, cells, and growth factors. Hence, his laboratory has identified the different components of the natural scaffold that results in normal or abnormal regeneration. They also studied its mechanical properties, understanding that the mechanical properties are unique and important for different organs. In terms of cells and cell sourcing, his laboratory has been investigating different cell phenotypes for the purpose of urinary bladder regeneration. Furthermore, he has been actively involved in studying and assessing the role of mechanical stimulation on cell matrix interaction in the context of dynamic organ regeneration. For that purpose, his laboratory has invented a machine that allows cell seeded scaffolds to be subjected to different mechanical stimulation. Finally, they have been working closely with other collaborators in studying and assessing cell specific regeneration and angiogenesis in different animal models, using noninvasive MRI imaging and use of natural scaffolds in different organs (calvarium).
Biography Updated on 15 February 2012