In conjunction with TERMIS-NA 2011, scheduled to be held December 11-14, 2011, at the Hilton Americas-Houston, Texas, an exciting new post-conference workshop will be held Wednesday, December 14. This workshop is entitled “Regenerative Medicine’s Challenge to Cure” and is a new 1 day program designed to showcase the exciting potential offered by the regenerative medicine research community and the enabling technologies which can be used by practicing clinicians. The forum will provide a highly-interactive opportunity for articulating the clinical pathways and challenges for some of the most disabling and debilitating diseases and injuries, complimented by an in-depth discussion of the latest regenerative medicine and tissue engineering approaches to developing therapies for these diseases and injuries.
The program will be lead by expert clinicians who will thoroughly describe the challenges they have faced in discovering cures or treatments for the selected diseases or injuries. The critical aspects of clinical translation including regulatory affairs, translational processes, funding, and industry will be highlighted. Each clinician will present the cause, the symptoms, the current treatment options, and the results of a particular disease or injury. They will then lead a discussion with an audience of scientists, engineers, clinicians, biologists, and others on the potential solutions to the challenges being presented. Focus areas include: Bone, Cartilage, Neural Tissue.
Mark E. K. Wong, DDS, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, is the Chairman and Program Director. Other workshop speakers include:
- Col. Robert G. Hale, DDS, Commander of the US Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment, Director of Craniomaxillofacial Research for the US Army Institute of Surgical Research
- Michael J. Miller, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center
- Kurt Kasper, PhD, Faculty Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University
- Robert E. Guldberg, PhD, Professor, Director, Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Terry Clyburn, MD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
- Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD, Brig. Gen. USAF, Mayo Clinic, Professor of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering, Director, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory
- Anthony Ratcliffe, PhD, President and CEO, Synthasome, Inc.
The program will be open to all academic, industry, government, and clinical experts who are involved in translating scientific discovery into patients. TERMIS members and non-members are welcome. Registration in TERMIS-NA 2011 Annual Conference is optional.
Illustration: TERMIS-NA 2011.
TERMIS-NA 2011 Post-Conference Workshop: Regenerative Medicine's Challenge to Cure