Tuesday January 24, 2012
The Miracle of Human Development from Conception to Birth
Dr. David Bolender, Ph.D.
Brookfield Lutheran Church
W18500 W. Burleigh Road
Recent advances in medical imaging have given physicians and medical researchers an unprecedented window into human development in the womb – and David Bolender, Ph.D., will share many of their most amazing new insights in this presentation.
Human prenatal development or embryology is divided into the embryonic period (the first eight weeks) and the fetal period (nine weeks to birth [usually 38 weeks]). Key events in the embryonic period include fertilization, cell division leading to blastocyst formation, implantation, formation of the embryo and most organ systems. The fetal period is a time for organs and organ systems to mature, for bones to mineralize and for growth to occur. Because it occurs out of sight in the uterus, the details of prenatal development were unclear for many years and the subject of much speculation and misinterpretation.
This is an opportunity you will not want to miss. Bring your families and friends!
About our speaker: David Bolender, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is the Director of the Human Development Course (embryology). He also teaches Clinical Human Anatomy and Cell and Tissue Biology as well as advanced anatomy electives. Now primarily involved in teaching and education projects, he has participated in research on the role of growth factors in the development of the heart, limbs, and blood vessels.