McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member J. Peter Rubin, MD (pictured), co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Adipose Stem Cell Center and founding member and current chairman of the board for the International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS), is excited to announce the launch of the Federation’s new informational web site. The new IFATS web site provides visitors with information on its mission, leadership, news, and sponsorship opportunities, as well as registration information for the IFATS08 Conference being hosted in Toulouse, France, from October 24-26, 2008.
IFATS is a non-profit organization created in 2002 dedicated to facilitating the development of new technology derived from and directed toward adipose (fat) tissue. IFATS is the world's only multi-disciplinary society that focuses on the use of stromal/stem cells derived from fat tissue to regenerate and repair many tissues. This fascinating tissue now appears as one of the best and powerful sources of regenerating cells. IFATS is a leading source of information about adipose biology and related technology. The Federation identifies new technology and brings together scientists and industry for productive collaborations. Such collaborations will relate to adipose tissue, with far-reaching applications in obesity reduction products and services, fat-derived stromal and cell-based therapies, and fat-applied instrumentation devices which may be directly translated to therapeutic application.
Dr. Rubin, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is both a research scientist and clinical plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive breast and body surgery. He has been internationally recognized for innovative surgical procedures designed to help patients after obesity and massive weight loss. His research on adipose-derived stem cells and their potential role in reconstructive surgery is funded by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Rubin holds leadership positions in the national plastic surgery societies, has published numerous scientific articles, and edited three textbooks. Dr. Rubin also serves as Director of the Life After Weight Loss clinical program, Director of the Adipocyte Biology Laboratory, and Co-Director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Aesthetic Surgery Center.
The IFATS organization has grown to over 200 members over the past 6 years. It is the only international multi-disciplinary organization of its kind focused on adipose-derived stem cell therapies and research. The IFATS08 Conference will be held in Toulouse, France. This is the second time that the conference has been hosted outside the US, with the first conference held in Mallorca, Spain, in 2003.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
PR Web (06/16/08)
International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS)