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Course is scheduled to be held in CLAPP HALL.
Arrive at the Hovorka Atrium, at the center of the Millis Science Center Building, 2080 Adelbert Road Cleveland, OH 44106-7080. (Click here for a Campus Map to locate the Millis Science Center).

Check-in begins Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hovorka Atrium). Course notebooks, nametags, and other meeting materials will be distributed during the check-in process. Course registrations should be completed as soon as possible online, or via fax or email using the registration form on this site. Registration questions can be answered by emailing Tammie Lee directly at

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Registration

SESSION I: The Cells & Scaffolds of Tissue Engineering

9:30-9:40 a.m. – Course Introduction:
Arnold I. Caplan, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

9:40-10:40 a.m.
Biomaterials for Growth Factor and Stem Cell Delivery in Tissue Engineering
Antonios Mikos, Ph.D. – Rice University

10:40-11:40 p.m.
Interventional Strategies for Healthy Aging & Delay Age-Related Disorders
Johnny Huard, Ph.D. – The Steadman Clinic

11:45-12:30 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Translationally Conserved Mechanisms of Benefit Underlying Multistem Cell Therapy for Treating Neurological Injury and Disease
Robert Mays, Ph.D., V.P. Regenerative Medicine and Head of Neuroscience Programs
SPONSOR LECTURE – Athersys, Inc.


2:30-2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.
Clinical Outcomes Using MSCs
Neil Riordan, Ph.D. – The Stem Cell Institute

3:45-4:30 p.m.
MSCs: Cell-Based Therapies and Tissue Engineering
Arnold I. Caplan, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

4:30-5:30 p.m. – CTTE-2019 KEYNOTE LECTURE
The FDA and Cell-Based Therapies: Past, Present, and Future
Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. – US Food & Drug Administration

5:30 p.m. – Dinner Reception, Hovorka Atrium

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

SESSION II: MSCs are Cell-Based Therapies

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Sponsor Lecture
The New Era of Cell and Tissue Preservation: Clinical Impact
Alla Danilkovitch, Ph.D., Medical Science Liaison – Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Adipose Stem Cells in Angiogenesis, Vasculogenesis and Multi-Organ Tissue Rescue
Keith L. March, M.D., Ph.D. – Indiana University

10:30-10:45 a.m. – Break

10:45a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Nature or Nurture: Do MSCs Exist Outside Culture Flasks?
Bruno Péault, Ph.D. – University of California

11:45a.m-12:45 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) during Tumor Formation and Distant Dissemination
Diego Correa, M.D., Ph.D. – University of Miami

1:45-2:45 p.m. – Sponsor Lecture
Lipogems International Srl

2:45-3:30 p.m.
Novel Approaches and Molecular Tools for the Generation and Evaluation of Engineered Cartilage
Rodrigo Somoza, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

3:30-3:45 p.m. – Break

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells: In Vivo and In Vitro Properties; MSC Laboratory
Rodrigo Somoza, Ph.D.. – Case Western Reserve University

4:45-6:00 p.m.
MSC Laboratory
Rodrigo Somoza, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

SESSION III: Biologics and Stem Cells

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Making Fat Harder: The Role of Integrins
Stanton Gerson, M.D. – Case Western Reserve University

10:00-11:00 a.m.
hMSCs and Therapeutic Versatility in Lung Diseases
Tracey Bonfield, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
Making Old Cells Young Again
Marc Penn, M.D. – Summa Cardiovascular Institute

12:00 -1:00 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) Organoids, In Vitro
Jason Spence, Ph.D. – University of Michigan

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
MSCs in Clinical Trials
Amy Lightner, M.D. – Cleveland Clinic

3:00-3:15 p.m. – Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.
MSCs for Pain Management
Jianguo Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. – Cleveland Clinic

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Course Summation
Arnold I. Caplan, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

Meeting Adjourned

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