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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 Monday, August 10, 2020 (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

Monday, August 10, 2020
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.
Development of Biological Approaches to Delay Aging Related Diseases and Conditions of the Musculoskeletal System
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
Athersys, Inc.

Clinical Outcomes Using MSCs
Neil Riordan, Ph.D. – The Stem Cell Institute

2:30-2:45 p.m. – Break

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

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-2020 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Diabetes and Cell-Based Therapy: Now and In The Future
Camillo Ricordi, M.D. – University of Miami

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

SESSION II: MSCs are Cell-Based Therapies

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Sponsor Lecture
Advancement in Living Tissue Preservation: Scientific and Clinical Evidence for Placental Allografts
Jaideep Banerjee, Ph.D., Medical Science Liaison – Smith & Nephew

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Adipose Stem Cells in Angiogenesis, Vasculogenesis and Multi-Organ Tissue Rescue
Keith L. March, M.D., Ph.D. – Miami 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.
Cell-based Therapy in Osteoarthritis: Revisiting Old Concepts and Introducing “Functionalized” MSC
Diego Correa, M.D., Ph.D. – University of Miami

1:45-2:15 p.m. – Sponsor Lecture
Reparative Adipose Tissue Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions
Julie O’Connell, Ph.D. Sr. Director Clinical and Scientific Affairs – Lipogems USA

2:15-2:45 p.m. – Sponsor Lecture
Clarissa Leñero, Head of the GMP Lab – CryoVida

2:45-3:30 p.m.
3D Bioprinting: Introduction, Methods, and Applications

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
Sponsor Demonstration

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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.
New Players In Skin Fibrosis
Radhika Atit, Ph.D. – Case Western Reserve University

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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