Fourth Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation

Hosted by: Mayo Clinic


Doubletree By Hilton

150 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904


September 24, 25 and 26, 2015

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This symposium features renowned researchers and clinicians focused on regenerative rehabilitation treatments and therapies. This emerging field translates discoveries in tissue engineering and cellular therapies into treatments that benefit the functional outcomes of patients. These stimulating innovative approaches are explored with meeting attendees.

This meeting encourages participation of scientists, clinicians and physical therapists that are in the fields of regeneration and / or rehabilitation. This meeting is a platform for bridging these two areas of expertise in a setting that fosters discussion, intersection and networking.

Are you:

  • A clinician ready to incorporate emerging regenerative medicine therapies?
  • A scientists incorporating feedback from clinicians by applying these revolutionary therapies in your research projects?
  • A physical therapist ready to apply these technologies to treatments that maximize the benefits of physical therapy?

Symposiums consist of presentations delivered by speakers in Regenerative Rehabilitation that are highly interactive within translational plenary sessions.


During previous meetings, participants have:

  • Discovered integrated methods to enhance tissue healing and regeneration through the application of clinically available rehabilitation approaches;
  • Understood the principles of regenerative medicine and how rehabilitation interfaces with these state-of-the-art technologies for optimal patient recovery; and
  • Participated in novel interactions with clinicians, researchers and therapists through formal and informal networking activities.

Who should attend the next symposium?

  • Program directors and faculty members of Rehabilitation programs
  • Scientists and clinicians working in or with interest in the fields of Regenerative Medicine, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.
    1. - Including fields focused on: stem cells, orthopedics, neuroregeneration / neurodegeneration, modulate inflammation, etc.
  • Young investigators, clinicians, graduate students with related interests, residents and nurses
  • Industry and military representatives

Previous symposiums have included sessions on:

  • Advances in the Biology of Tissue Regeneration & Plasticity and Implications for Clinical Practices
  • Clinical Innovations in Regenerative Rehabilitation
  • Current Controversies in Regenerative Medicine
  • Interfacing Rehabilitation Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Mechanotransduction as a Tool in Tissue Healing and Repair
  • Regenerative Rehabilitation in Education
  • Regenerative Rehabilitation in Military Medicine
  • The Impact of Rehabilitation on Cellular Therapies
  • The Importance of Mechanical Stimulation in Cellular Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering
  • Training the Transplant: Implications for the Treatment of Neurological Pathologies
  • Poster session and industry exhibits

This year’s keynote speakers are:

Thursday, September 24th
Anthony J. Windebank, MD, The Mayo Clinic will be speaking on stem cell therapies and ALS.

Friday, September 25th
Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, Stanford University will be speaking on the systemic factors regulating brain function and behavior.

Current meeting agenda

Course Directors:

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Director
Cellular Rehabilitation Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Michael Boninger, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Professor and Associate Dean of Research
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Thomas A. Rando, MD, PhD
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA
William R. Wagner, PhD
Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Professor of Surgery, Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

More on Regenerative Rehabilitation:

Regenerative Rehabilitation Podcasts:

Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio

Dr. Steve Wolf

Dr. Tom Rando

Dr. George Christ

Dr. Linda Noble- Haeusslein

Patrick Cantini on muscle study

Videos available on YouTube:

Introduction to the McGowan Institute

Marine Sargent Ronald Strang | A Hero's Journey to Recovery

Leg Muscles Restored in Regenerative Medicine Study

Continuing Education Credit through the University of Pittsburgh’s Continuing Education Department:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 1.1 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 11.5 contact hours.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling +1-(412) 624-5293.