Medical advances in the field of Regenerative Medicine are accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Biological technologies such as stem cell transplantation, scaffolds, and artificial devices are now being tested in clinical trials throughout the world. With functional outcomes as the ultimate goal of these biological therapies, it is clear that the future of regenerative medicine is tightly intertwined with that of rehabilitation, thus opening up a novel population of patients to clinicians and exciting new areas of investigation for rehabilitation scientists.
For the past 3 years, the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Veteran’s Administration in Palo Alto,California, have administered a Regenerative Rehabilitation Symposium that focuses on fusing regenerative medicine and rehabilitation science, integrating laboratory-based approaches to enhance regeneration with clinically available rehabilitation approaches. The event has drawn over 120 participants in each of the last 3 years and is expected to continue to grow as this novel field expands.
As part of the mission to advance the science of Regenerative Rehabilitation, the Regenerative Rehabilitation Consortium Leadership Council (CLC) was established. Members include:
- Michael Boninger, University of Pittsburgh
- Fabrisia Ambrosio, University of Pittsburgh
- Tom Rando, Stanford University
- Tony Wyss-Coray, Stanford University
- Carmen Terzic, Mayo Clinic
- Chris Evans, Mayo Clinic
- Steve Wolf, Emory University
- Randy Trumbower, Emory University
- George Christ, University of Virginia
- Fred Epstein, University of Virginia
- Linda Noble, University of California at San Francisco
- Kim Topp, University of California at San Francisco
- Tomoki Aoyama, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
- Hiroshi Kuroki, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
- Carmelo Chisari, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
It has been deteremined that the CLC will play a key role in shaping the future of the symposium and the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation by:
- framing the scientific content for the symposium
- becoming leaders in the field and introducing emerging trends, therapies, and other information through the symposium, serving as spokespersons for the field as it emerges
- providing valuable insight and guidance to young investigators, clinicians, therapists, and others interested in pursuing Regenerative Rehabilitation as a career by having first-hand knowledge of potential funding, collaborations, and other opportunities to advance research and clinical activities
- building a new area of science that will have a positive impact on future patient outcomes
The development of the CLC is ongoing. Others are invited to play a role on the Council and in advancing the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation. Interested parties should contact Patrick Cantini at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Illustration: Regenerative Rehabilitation Consortium.
Regenerative Rehabilitation Symposium