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Last year, the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center and The KU Cardiovascular Research Institute hosted its second annual "Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine." Nearly 200 attendees participated in our two-day conference, which targeted cardiovascular physicians, pulmonologists, hematology & oncology physicians, endocrinologists, neurologists, critical care physicians and research scientists in the greater Midwest region.
The purpose of this conference was to update physicians, scientists, advanced practice registered nurses, nurses, allied health professionals, and trainees in the greater Midwest region on:
A review of clinical trials that have contributed to the advancement of this field were presented. Participants learned about advances in therapy with adult stem cells while examining the latest trends in regenerative medicine.
The Annual Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine is designed for physicians, scientists, advanced practice registered nurses, nurses, trainees, and allied health professionals in the fields of cardiovascular diseases, pulmonology, hematology & oncology, endocrinology, neurology, critical care, family medicine and internal medicine.
Day 1: September 19th
7:00 - 7:45 Registration and Breakfast
7:45 - 7:55 Welcome remarks - Doug Girod, M.D.; Robert Simari, M.D.
Session I: Restoring Neurological Function with Adult Stem Cells
Moderator: Anthony Windebank, M.D., Richard Barohn M.D.8:00 - 8:25 Cell Therapy in Ischemic Stroke Sean Savitz, M.D.
8:30 - 8:55 In Vivo Cellular Reprogramming for Brain Repair Gong Chen, Ph.D.
9:00 - 9:25 Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Anthony Windebank, M.D.
9:30 - 9:40 Panel Discussion
Coffee Break: 9:40 - 9:55
Session II: New Horizons: Cell Therapy in Cancer
Moderator: Richard Vile, Ph.D.10:00 - 10:20 Viral Immunotherapy and Adoptive T-cell Transfer for Melanoma Richard Vile, Ph.D.
10:25 - 10:50 Novel Approaches in Stem Cell Transplantation Omar Aljitawi, M.D.
10:55 - 11:20 Clinical Outcomes with Stem Cells in Hematologic Malignancies Sunil Abhyankar, M.D.
11:20 - 11:30 Panel Discussion
Special Guest Speaker
11:40 - 12:10 Kansas Lieutenant Governonr Jeff Colyer, M.D.
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:00 Cardiac Cell Therapy: Past, Present and Future Andreas Zeiher, M.D.
Session III: A Decade of Clinical Cardiac Cell Therapy
Moderator: Robert Simari, M.D.2:00 - 2:25 Heart Repair with Bone Marrow Cells: Promises and Challenges Robert Simari, M.D.
2:30 - 2:55 Cell Therapy in Patients with Heart Failure and LVAD Tim Henry, M.D.
3:00 - 3:25 Adventitial Delivery of Adherent Cells in Patients with Acute STEMI Warren Sherman, M.D.
3:30 - 3:40 Panel Discussion
Coffee Break: 3:40 - 3:55
Session IV: Cell Therapy in Peripheral Vascular Diseases
Moderator: Arshed Quyyumi, M.D.4:00 - 4:20 Growing New Vessels in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia Brian Annex, M.D.
4:25 - 4:50 Cellular Mobilization in Peripheral Arterial Disease Arshed Quyyumi, M.D.
4:55 - 5:20 Clinical Trials of autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells in Critically Ischemic Limbs: Challenges Ahead! Kamal Gupta, M.D.5:25 - 5:35 Panel DiscussionAdjournment
Day 2: September 20th
7:00 - 7:45 Registration and Breakfast
7:45 - 7:55 Welcome Remarks - Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, Barbara MacArthur
Session V: Innovative Cells and Substrates
Moderator: Michael Detamore, Ph.D., Brian Annex, M.D.8:00 - 8:25 Mesenchymal Stem Cell Subpopulations for Infarct Repair Buddhadeb Dawn, M.D.
8:30 - 8:55 Engineering Nanomaterials for Stem Cell Based Cardiovascular Therapy Arghya Paul, Ph.D.
9:00 - 9:25 Exosomes as Cell Substitutes Ewa Zuba-Surma, Ph.D., DScCoffee Break: 9:30 - 9:45 9:45 - 10:10 Cell-based Therapy for Long-term Reversal of Diabetes Karthik Ramachandran, Ph.D.
10:15 - 10:40 New Cellular Concepts for Tissue Repair Michael Detamore, Ph.D.
10:45 - 11:10 Cardiac Patch for Improved Cell Retention Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.11:15 - 11:25 Panel Discussion
Session VI: Clinical Production and Delivery
Moderator: Allan Dietz, Ph.D.11:30 - 11:50 Producing Clinical Grade Cellular Products Allan Dietz, Ph.D.
11:55 - 12:15 Cell Banking: Process Development and Cell Preservation Salem Akel, Ph.D.Lunch Break: 12:15 - 1:001:00 - 1:20 Regulatory Considerations in Developing Stem Cell Based Medicinal Products Debra Aub Webster, Ph.D.
1:25 - 1:45 Perspectives on Building a Stem Cell Therapy Program David Prentice, Ph.D.
1:50 - 2:10 Panel Discussion2:10 - 2:25 A Personal Perspective on Cell Therapy Paul Wagle, SeminarianCoffee Break: 2:25 - 2:35
Session VII: Young Investigators Forum
Moderators: Ewa Zuba-Surma, Ph.D., DSc, Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, MD., Ph.D.2:35 - 2:50 Transformation of Somatic Cells for Cardiovascular Diseases Rajasingh johnson, Ph.D.
2:50 - 3:05 Wnt11 Signaling and Cardiomyogenesis Anweshan Samanta, MBBS
3:05 - 3:20 Angiogenesis Induced by Mesenchymal Stem Cells Lei Chen, Ph.D.
3:20 - 3:35 Mixed MSC and Islet Cells in Functional Cell Clusters Sonia Rawal, P.T., Ph.D. Candidate
3:35 - 3:50 Modulating Stem Cells Using Small Molecule Directed Histone Modification Tim Kamerzell, Ph.D.3:50 - 4:00 Panel DiscussionAdjournment