Third Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation

April 10-11, 2014
Mission Bay Conference Center
at University of California, San Francisco
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA

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  • UMPC Rehabilitation Institute
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Please join us for this exciting event where you can interact with renowned researchers and clinicians in Regenerative Rehabilitation. This is an emerging field that translates discoveries in tissue engineering and cellular therapies into treatments that benefit the functional outcomes of patients. These stimulating innovative approaches will be explored with meeting attendees who are researchers, clinicians, physicians and physical therapists.

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?

Who Should Attend:

  • Program directors and faculty members of Rehabilitation programs
  • Scientists and clinicians working 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

Please join us for presentations delivered by speakers in Regenerative Rehabilitation with highly interactive and translational plenary sessions.


During this course, participants will:

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

This program includes sessions on:

  • Advances in the Biology of Tissue Regeneration & Plasticity and Implications for Clinical Practices
  • Mechanotransduction as a Tool in Tissue Healing and Repair
  • Interfacing Rehabilitation Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • The Importance of Mechanical Stimulation in Cellular Therapeutics and Tissue Engineering
  • Regenerative Rehabilitation in Education
  • Keynote address by Dr. Stephen Waxman, Yale University
  • Poster session and industry exhibits

Keynote Speaker:

    Stephen G. Waxman, MD, PhD
    Director of Neuroscience and Regeneration Research Center
    Yale University

Confirmed Speakers:

Diane D. Allen, PT, PhD (UCSF) Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
Michael Boninger, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) George J. Christ, PhD (Wake Forest University)
Arthur W. English, PhD (Emory) Grace Griesbach, PhD (UCLA)
Jeffrey Kleim, PhD (Arizona State University) Linda Noble-Haeusslein, PhD (UCSF)
Martin Oudega, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Thomas Rando, MD, PhD (Stanford University)
Walt Schneider, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD (University of Iowa)
Carmen Terzic, PhD (Mayo Clinic) Rocky, Tuan, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
Steven L. Wolf, PhD (Emory University)

Symposium agenda

Registration is now open! Please follow this link and select ‘3rd Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation’ to

Registration fees:

Physicians and Faculty $300.00
Occupational and Physical Therapists $275.00
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists $275.00
Nurses and Research Staff $275.00
Students, Post-doctoral Fellows and Resident $150.00
Physicians / Faculty that attended last year’s meeting $250.00
All other attendees that attended last year’s meeting $225.00

Discount for groups of 3 or more from the same department/organization; please contact Katy Wharton at 412-624-5293 or e-mail to

Poster Session:

We welcome posters from all participants. Standard poster space is 4’ by 8’. Please see poster tab for more information on abstract guidelines.

To submit your poster title and abstract, please e-mail your submission to

Deadline to submit an abstract is March 15, 2014.

A special thanks to the American Association of Anatomists for providing funding to assistant with travel awards for both students/trainees and young investigators. Please see travel awards page for more details.

Conference Site:

The Mission Bay Conference Center is easily accessible to parking, public transportation, freeway and airport connections, and conveniently close to AT&T Park, shopping, hotels and entertainment.

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94143-3008
Main Office: 866.431.UCSF (8273)

Mission Bay offers 1,650 mixed use (public and permit) parking spaces. Entrance to parking is located off of 7th Street at the 1700 Owen Street Garage. Download the MBCC Parking Map for further direction.

Please visit the UCSF Campus Life Services Transportation website for more details on location, pricing, hours of operation, and sustainable transit options. Driving directions can be found here.

T-Third Metro Line picks up at the 4th and King Street Caltrain Station and the Embarcadero BART station.
Stop: UCSF Mission Bay Station on 3rd Street opposite the campus.

Disembark at the 16th Street Mission BART station. Pick up the UCSF Shuttle - Red Line at the NE corner of the intersection.
Shuttles run every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, to 4th Street, in front of the UCSF Mission Bay Campus.


Arrangements have been made at the following two hotels:

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center


Courtyard San Francisco Downtown
299 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

All room reservations must be made directly with the hotel and received by them on or before March 19, 2014 to receive the Symposium discount rate. Click here for reservation instructions.

More on Regenerative Rehabilitation:

Regenerative Rehabilitation Podcasts:

Stephen L. Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Thomas Rando, PhD
George Christ, PhD
Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT

Continuing Education Credit

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 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 1.0 continuing education units (CEU's) which are equal to 10.0 contact hours.

The University of Pittsburgh is a pre-approved provider of CE for the State Board of Physical Therapy.

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 001-(412) 624 5243.

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations. For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, please contact: William A. Savage, Assistant to the Chancellor and Director of Affirmative Action (and Title IX and 504 Coordinator), Office of Affirmative Action, 901 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, (412) 648-7860.

Photos are courtesy of the San Francisco Travel and Mission Bay Conference Center.

A Special Thanks To: