PITT's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine presenting new research at World Congress

PITTSBURGH This week, the University of Pittsburgh McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine plays unofficial host to nearly 1,000 scientists, clinicians, business leaders, entrepreneurs and military and government officials from around the world attending the 2006 Regenerate World Congress on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, the first ever meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). McGowan Institute-affiliated researchers also will be among those presenting new research.

The congress, which is being presented by the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI), began today and concludes April 27 with joint sessions with the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting. Both meetings are at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, downtown Pittsburgh.

Serving as chairman of the Regenerate World Congress is Alan J. Russell, Ph.D., director of the McGowan Institute and professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PTEI executive director and TERMIS president. William Wagner, Ph.D., McGowan Institute deputy director, and an associate professor of surgery, chemical engineering and bioengineering, is scientific chairman.

The Regenerate World Congress provides a forum for the latest research on tissue engineering/regenerative medicine approaches to restoring the function of damaged or diseased tissues and organs. It will be held every three years, with the next congress in Korea in 2009.

Among the presentations being presented by McGowan Institute-affiliated researchers are studies focused on the development of a biohybrid lung device, the regenerative potential of stem cells from placenta, muscle or fat tissue; biomechanical training of tissue constructs; and creation of an artificial esophagus using an extracellular matrix scaffold. Following are highlights of just some of this research:

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