The Pittsburgh Liver Research Center (PLRC) Grant Review Committee has selected the awardees for the 2016-2017 grants. Congratulations to the following McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine awardees of the 1-year PLRC Pilot and Feasibility Grants:
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) sponsored the 4th Pitt Innovation Challenge. This year’s challenge was focused on bold solutions in health. CTSI aims to move health-related research projects along the translational spectrum, not just to commercialization. Ideas and solutions did not need to be products ready for commercialization—basic science projects were encouraged to apply. In addition, the program encouraged new connections within the academic community, and among universities and community organizations, to foster an ecosystem of innovation.
Please join us in supporting CATER trainee Ben Rothrauff, who has scheduled his PhD Dissertation Defense and Final Examination on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 3:00pm in Bridgeside Point 2, 4th floor conference room.
The 16th Annual Department of Pathology Retreat was held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:00PM in Scaife Hall, 4th Floor, Lecture Room 5. The keynote address was by Dr. Charles A. Parkos, MD, PhD, the Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair, Mucosal Inflammation and Epithelial Pathobiology, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan School of Medicine.
The poster session was effective in introducing the focus of the Retreat and interests of the faculty and the guests. Andrew Duncan, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Division of Experimental Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, and his committee organized the session and judged the posters.
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine congratulates the following 2015 Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration (CATER) Training Program participants who have successfully defended their research theses:
Heidi Hofer, PhD, dissertation defense was March 17, 2015. Dr. Hofer entered the CATER Training Program through the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering’s Bioengineering Graduate Program. Her advisor was McGowan Institute associate director Rocky Tuan, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The title of her thesis was: “Traumatized Muscle-Derived Multipotent Progenitor Cells: Pro-angiogenic Activity, Promotion of Nerve Growth, and Osteogenic Differentiation.” Dr. Hofer is currently employed at Gradalis, Inc., Dallas, Texas, as a Manufacturing Associate.
By The McGowan Institute For Regenerative Medicine | CATER | September 28, 2015
Publication by a previous CATER trainee:
Londono R, Badylak SF, Regenerative Medicine Strategies for Esophageal Repair. Tissue Eng Part B Rev. 2015 Aug;21(4):393-410. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEB.2015.0014. Epub 2015 Apr 30. PMID:25813694
Pathologies that involve the structure and/or function of the esophagus can be life-threatening. The esophagus is a complex organ comprising nonredundant tissue that does not have the ability to regenerate. Currently available interventions for esophageal pathology have limited success and are typically associated with significant morbidity. Hence, there is currently an unmet clinical need for effective methods of esophageal repair. The present article presents a review of esophageal disease along with the anatomic and functional consequences of each pathologic process, the shortcomings associated with currently available therapies, and the latest advancements in the field of regenerative medicine with respect to strategies for esophageal repair from benchtop to bedside.