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Regenerative Rehabilitation Research Symposium

January 19 - 20, 2021

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Regenerative Rehabilitation: an emerging field that integrates regenerative medicine with rehabilitation therapies

Simon Fraser University and BCREGMED are proud to present a first-of-its-kind, virtual Regenerative Rehabilitation Research Symposium taking place January 19th and 20th, 2021 (10AM-12PM both days)! This unique symposium seeks to explore the interface of tissue engineering and regenerative therapies with rehabilitation techniques.


As most of us know, regenerative medicine involves the regeneration or replacement of diseased cells and tissues using tools such as stem cells, engineered tissues, biomaterials, or molecules. Two pressing questions surround this approach: 1) it is necessary to precondition biological materials prior to implantation? If so, what are the best methods for doing so? 2) Once the materials are implanted, what rehabilitation techniques should be used in order to best promote their integration?

For example, when engineering muscle tissue or stem cells for implantation to treat volumetric muscle loss, should the muscle constructs be “exercised” beforehand to promote differentiation and resilience once implanted? How should the affected limb be exercised once the muscle has been implanted? Are there optimal techniques for promoting its successful integration and function?

These are the questions that the new field of “regenerative rehabilitation” seeks to tackle, and ones that will be discussed in detail at our research symposium!

Are you a trainee working on these questions? Then we invite you to submit an abstract and give a brief overview of your research at the retreat! Trainee talks will be 10 minutes in length, and there are four spots available! Abstracts are due January 5th!

January 20th, 10:00AM~12:30PM
Dave Clarke, SFU, 
Fabrisia Ambrosio: U Pittsburgh Medical Center,
Nick Willett, Emory University,
Trainee talk x 2

January 21st, 10:00AM~12:30PM
Sarah Greising, University of Minnesota,
Keith Baar, UC Davis,
Trainee talk x 2
Panel Discussion


January 19 - 10:00 am
January 20 - 12:00 pm