Fourth Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation
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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 symposium encourages participation of scientists, clinicians and physical therapists that are in the fields of regeneration and/or physical medicine and rehabilitation. This gathering is a platform for bridging these two areas of expertise in a setting that fosters discussion, interaction, cross discipline pollination intersection and networking.

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

Course Organizers:

  • UPMC Rehabilitation Institute
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
  • The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System


  • 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.

Course Profile:

  • 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

2015 Keynote Speakers:

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.

Attendee Profile:

  • 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, 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

  • 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
    Medical Director, HERL, VAPHS
    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
    Director of Rehabilitation Research VAPAHCS
    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

    Current meeting agenda

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

    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 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 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.