Source: Beckman Center

Rock Stars of Regenerative Engineering

December 10-11, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Regenerative Engineering Society of the AICHE presented its first Rock Stars of Regenerative Engineering Conference. The Society’s inaugural conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Burroughs Welcome Fund and hosted by the National Academy of Engineering, took place at the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California on December 10th and December 11th, 2016.

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The Regenerative Engineering Society is a new society focusing on the Convergence of Advanced Material Sciences, Stem Cell Science, Physics, Developmental Biology and Clinical Translation for solving next generation challenges in tissue regeneration. The society recently has joined with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is now one of its Communities.

The Rock Stars of Regenerative Engineering Conference took place on December 10-11 2016 and featured 4 exciting leaders in the field who discussed their work in an interactive fashion. Poster sessions allowed for younger investigators to interact and network.

We are excited about this new and innovative approach to the phrase "scientific meeting".  The conference is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Conference Chair:

  • Cato Laurencin, University of Connecticut

Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Lakshmi Nair, University of Connecticut
  • Yusuf Khan, University of Connecticut

Organizing Committee:

  • Ali Khademhousseini, MIT
  • Kevin Lo, University of Connecticut
  • David Gardiner, University of California, Irvine
  • Guillermo Ameer, Northwestern University

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Rui L. Reis, PhD, M.D., University of Minho
  • Roderic Pettigrew, PhD, M.D.. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • David M. Gardiner, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Ali Khademhousseini, Ph.D., M.I.T.

Featured Speakers

David M. Gardiner

David M. Gardiner is a professor in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology at the University of California Irvine. He received his BA in Biology from Occidental College, his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, and postdoctoral training at UC Davis. His research has been focused discovering the mechanisms regulating limb regeneration in salamanders. He pioneered the use of the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) as a model system for studies of vertebrate regeneration, and developed the Accessory Limb Model as an assay for bioactive compounds that induce...Read more

Ali Khademhosseini

Engineered materials that integrate advances in polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biological sciences have the potential to create powerful medical therapies. Our group aims to engineer tissue regenerative therapies using water-containing polymer networks, called hydrogels, that can regulate cell behavior. Specifically, we have developed photocrosslinkable hybrid hydrogels that combine natural biomolecules with nanoparticles to regulate the chemical, biological, mechanical and electrical properties of gels.  These functional scaffolds induce the differentiation of stem cells to...Read more

Roderic I. Pettigrew

Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., is the first Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. From 2013-2014, the NIH Director appointed Dr. Pettigrew as the Acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity to establish program oversight of all NIH activities that address the unique diversity and inclusion challenges, to strengthen the national biomedical research workforce.

Prior to his appointment at the NIH, Dr. Pettigrew was Professor of Radiology, Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia,...Read more

Rui Luis Reis

Professor Rui L. Reis, PhD, DSc, Hon. Causa MD, FBSE, FTERM, member of the NAE, is the Vice-President for R&D of University of Minho, Portugal. His is the founder and the Director of the 3B’s Research Group and of the ICVS/3B´s Associate Laboratory of UMinho. He is the CEO of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, the Global President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell. Rui L....Read more