This month, the University of Texas at San Antonio will gather the region’s stem cell and regenerative medicine researchers and business people, as it will host the first San Antonio Conference on Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine. The conference, organized by local nonprofit RegenMed SA, will promote the stem cell and regenerative medicine research underway in San Antonio, allowing visitors to learn more about the facilities and expertise of the San Antonio scientific and biotechnology community.
The conference will begin on February 13, at 8 a.m., with opening remarks from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and the Honorable Henry Cisneros. Keynote lecturer Dr. J. Peter Rubin from the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will deliver his address at 8:30 a.m. The remainder of the two-day conference will include presentations by local researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs on a variety of topics, ranging from stem cells and tissue engineering to the clinical progress and business of regenerative medicine.
The conference will also give local undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research technicians the opportunity to deliver and view stem cell and regenerative medicine research abstracts and poster presentations.
RegenMed SA, who is organizing the conference, is a new citywide organization, created in late 2013 and established to facilitate networking and promote interactions among individuals, institutions, centers, installations, companies and foundations with interests in stem cell research, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and/or biotechnology related to these areas. UTSA researcher John McCarrey, Kleberg Distinguished Chair and director of the San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute at UTSA, is serving as RegenMed SA’s inaugural steering committee chair.
The conference was created after a committee established by BioMed SA identified a large number of individuals, facilities, and resources within San Antonio related to stem cell research, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. Those organizations include UTSA, the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, as well as the Southwest National Primate Research Center, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, the National Trauma Institute, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and many biotechnology companies.
Through RegenMed SA, these partners are gearing up for the 10th annual World Stem Cell Summit, which will be held this December in San Antonio.
Mauli Agrawal, UTSA interim vice president for research, sees this conference as “a wonderful opportunity to showcase San Antonio’s top-tier research capabilities”, as well as to bring together the local research community to advance stem cell and regenerative medicine research. “UTSA is very excited to host the conference, and we look forward to further nurturing the partnerships that are created as a result of this unique gathering,” she concluded.