(Feb. 5, 2014) -- The region's stem cell and regenerative medicine researchers and business people will gather this month when The University of Texas at San Antonio hosts 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.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo and the Honorable Henry Cisneros will kick off the conference with opening remarks beginning at 8 a.m. on Feb. 13. 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.
Additionally, the conference will 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.
This month's conference is organized by RegenMed SA, a new citywide organization 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.
RegenMed SA was created in late 2013 when 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 and 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.
"This month's RegenMed SA conference is a wonderful opportunity to showcase San Antonio's top-tier research capabilities and to bring together our local research community to advance stem cell and regenerative medicine research," said Mauli Agrawal, UTSA interim vice president for 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."
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.
The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.
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At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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