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The Whole Liver Replacement State-of-the-Science Summit

Organ transplantation research is shifting away from immunosuppressive regimens and tolerance induction toward technology that uses a patient’s own cells to engineer a replacement organ. On April 29 and 30, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, the world's leading clinical-based experts in liver biology, regeneration, and tissue engineering will convene to launch a transdisciplinary, science-driven effort to engineer a human liver.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Alejandro Soto-Gutiérrez, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and an affiliated faculty member of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, is a co-facilitator for the inaugural State-of-the-Science Summit on Whole Liver Replacement. Along with Dr. Soto-Gutiérrez, the following McGowan Institute faculty members will also participate in the Summit: Ira Fox, MD, Eric Lagasse, PharmD, PhD, and William Wagner, PhD.

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Stem Cells from Muscle Can Repair Nerve Damage After Injury

Stem cells derived from human muscle tissue were able to repair nerve damage and restore function in an animal model of sciatic nerve injury, according to McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty members Johnny Huard, PhD, and Donna Stolz, PhD, and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest that cell therapy of certain nerve diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, might one day be feasible.

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Lizards May Answer Cartilage Regeneration Mystery

Research from the lab of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine associate director Rocky Tuan, PhD, was recently presented by postdoctoral fellow Thomas Lozito, PhD, at the Orthopaedic Research Society's (ORS) 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Lozito shared with the audience the results of their study on lizard cartilage.

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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Holds Its Annual Scientific Retreat

The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine held its 2014 Scientific Retreat March 9-11, 2014. The focus was on peer-to-peer networking, and the retreat provided many opportunities to explore collaborative endeavors with other researchers, participating guests, and external partners who are working to bring regenerative medicine technologies to clinical use.

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See more Regenerative Medicine In the News:

  • Dr. Anna Balazs Named 2014 ACS Langmuir Lecturer
  • Study Challenges Accepted Sepsis Treatment
  • Dr. Freddie Fu: National and International Honors
  • Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death
  • Designing Better Vascular Grafts
  • Pitt/MWRI Researchers Awarded Prestigious Cozzarelli Prize for Top Biomedical Sciences PNAS Paper of 2013
  • Biomarkers That Can Provide Advance Warning of Deadly Kidney Condition in Critically Ill Patients Identified
  • Small Blood Pumps for Small Patients Small Blood Pumps for Small Patients
  • Funding Awards for New Biomedical Technology Announced
  • Precise Electronic Drug Release Thanks to Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Material
  • Mood-Stabilizing Drug Could Be New Treatment for Inherited Liver Disease

Find these and other stories in the Regenerative Medicine In the News 2014 Archive.

In the News 2013 Archive