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Sea Turtle Hospital Groundbreaking Saturday Sept. 6th !!

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We hope you can join us!!  See the article in the The St. Augustine Record by following this link   The Whitney Laboratory will be holding a groundbreaking to kick off the Sea Turtle Hospital on Saturday, September 6th at 10:30 AM. Whitney Laboratory 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 There will be…

An Evening of Song and Story June 28th- Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

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There will be a fantastic concert at the Lohman auditorium of the Whitney Lab (9505 Ocean Shore Blvd in Marineland township) on Saturday June 28th. The concert is billed as “an Evening of Song and Story” and features two of the very best singer/songwriter/story tellers of the South East, Bob Patterson ( and Michael Reno…

Ocean Frontiers Movie for Earth Day, April 22nd 6:30 pm

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OCEAN FRONTIERS SCREENING IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY   Never before have the world’s oceans been called upon to serve so many, while suffering so much. In order to try and protect ocean resources while recognizing the need to tap into those resources, people around the world have begun using new approaches to ocean management….

Christine E. Schmidt, PhD Pruitt Family Professor and Chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Bioengineering at the University of Florida, will be presenting the public lecture, “Regrowing your body parts” at the Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture Series.

Thursday, April 10th at 7 pm

Location: Whitney CMS Lohman Auditorium

Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd St. Augustine, FL 32080

More info on Dr. Schmidt:

Christine E. Schmidt, PhD   |   Pruitt Family Professor and Chair
University of Florida | J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering


Tissue engineering/regenerative medicine is an emerging multidisciplinary field involving biology, medicine and engineering that is likely to revolutionize the ways we improve the health and quality of life for millions of people by restoring, maintaining or enhancing tissue and organ function.  For the nervous system, damage to spinal cord and peripheral nerve tissue can have a devastating impact for individuals suffering from nerve injuries.  In her lecture, Dr. Schmidt will discuss how her group has developed nerve grafts created by chemical processing of normal intact from natural biological tissue(human cadaver nerves) that do not cause an immune response and therefore are not rejected in patients.

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D. is the Pruitt Family Professor and Department Chair of the J. Crayton Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.  She received her doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin where she was one of the founding members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  She conducted postdoctoral research at MIT as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Schmidt is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(AIMBE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as other prestigious scientific organizations.  She is the deputy editor and serves on the editorial boards of many biomedical publications.  In addition, she as received numerous research, teaching and advising awards including National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a Whitaker Young Investigator Award.

The Evenings at Whitney are a series of public lectures on current science topics or ongoing research at the Whitney Lab that brings experts in their field to our region.


Conference: Evolution of the First Nervous Systems II


May 13, 14,15, 2014 – This meeting will revisit a topic addressed in a meeting held in 1989, at a time that predated our understanding of the phylogenetic relationships between the early animal phyla in which the nervous system or nervous systems first appeared, and predated the wealth of molecular data that has since enabled us to trace the origins of the molecular building blocks (i.e. ion channels, neurotransmitters etc.) that underlie nervous system function.