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Regenerative Rehabilitation: an emerging field that integrates regenerative medicine with rehabilitation therapies

Simon Fraser University and BCREGMED are proud to present a first-of-its-kind, virtual Regenerative Rehabilitation Research Symposium taking place January 19th and 20th, 2021 (10AM-12PM both days)! This unique event seeks to explore the interface of tissue engineering and regenerative therapies with rehabilitation techniques.


As most of us know, regenerative medicine involves the regeneration or replacement of diseased cells and tissues using tools such as stem cells, engineered tissues, biomaterials, or molecules. Two pressing questions surround this approach: 1) it is necessary to precondition biological materials prior to implantation? If so, what are the best methods for doing so? 2) Once the materials are implanted, what rehabilitation techniques should be used in order to best promote their integration?

For example, when engineering muscle tissue or stem cells for implantation to treat volumetric muscle loss, should the muscle constructs be “exercised” beforehand to promote differentiation and resilience once implanted? How should the affected limb be exercised once the muscle has been implanted? Are there optimal techniques for promoting its successful integration and function?

These are the questions that the new field of “regenerative rehabilitation” seeks to tackle, and ones that will be discussed at this exciting two-day event!

Are you a trainee working on these questions? Then we invite you to submit an abstract and give a brief overview of your research at the symposium! Trainee talks will be 10 minutes in length, and there are four spots available! Abstracts are due January 5th!

January 19th, 10AM~12PM
Dave Clarke, SFU, http://www.sfu.ca/clarkelab-bpk.html 
Fabrisia Ambrosio: U Pittsburgh Medical Center, https://mirm-pitt.net/our-people/faculty-staff-bios/fabrisia-ambrosio-phd-mpt/
Nick Willett, Emory University, http://www.willett-regenerative-labs.com/page-nw
Trainee talk x 2

January 20th, 10AM~12PM
Sarah Greising, Minnesota Kinesiology, https://www.cehd.umn.edu/kin/people/grei0064.html; http://smprl.umn.edu/
Keith Baar, UC Davis, https://health.ucdavis.edu/physiology/faculty/baar.html
Trainee talk x 2
Panel Discussion

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