REM STEEP Workshop 2017

Hosted by the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center


19th of May 2017
Starting at 9:30am

STEEP: Striving to 'empower each partner' from across Georgia

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A one-day program,
to encircle and encourage your success, and go beyond the familiar to expand your network.

After the STEEP 2017 workshop you will take away:

  1. A detailed framework of large-scale statewide initiatives funded by the Department of Defense and Department of Commerce. Information provided will help tailor your individual opportunity and identify your role for participation as an early adopter.
  2. Identify and engage key players with complementary research interest to create new partnerships.
  3. Will certainly give you new strategies, techniques, methods, and approaches to implement a winning proposal for this year’s competitive REM grant call.

The Regenerative Engineering Medicine group, known as REM, is a joint partnership between UGA, Emory and GT. The aim of STEEP 2017 is to further lively discussion and rapid exchange of information amongst academic researchers, post-docs, and community partners. Together we stand committed to something greater.

University of Georgia

The Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia links researchers and resources collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new cures for devastating diseases that affect animals and people. With its potential restorative powers, regenerative medicine could offer new ways of treating diseases for which there are currently no treatments — including heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke.

Emory University

Emory is recognized as one of the nation's leading research universities, and maintains collaborative partnerships with a host of neighboring organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emory researchers confront many of the biggest issues affecting global health and well-being. Emory currently has more than 200 active international agreements governing research and exchanges, with a reach spanning six continents.

Georgia Tech

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business. A leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

Meet the Directors

REM is led by three Co-Directors representing Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Transplantation, and Biomedical Engineering.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, May 19th.

09:00 - 9:30

Networking. Registration and Coffee

9:30 - 10:00

Welcome session: Director’s report on activities of REM, (UGA, GT, and Emory) and larger consortiums

10:00 - 10:45

Commercialization success story. Steps to Spin-off's. How companies have started or assisted by REM interactions/grants. First speaker; Erika Tyburski, Sanguina, Second speaker; Steven Stice ArunA Biomedical, and Edmund Waller; Cambium Medical Technologies

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Academic path to success story. Presented by past seed-grant winner

Susan Thomas
Materials In Immunology—From Fundamental Material Design To Translational Applications

Dr. Thomas joined Georgia Tech in November 2011 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to this appointment, she was a Whitaker postdoctoral scholar at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (one of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology) developing nanomaterials for cancer immunotherapy and studying the role of lymphatic transport in immunity. Dr. Thomas received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University while working as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department where she studied the role of fluid flow in regulating blood-borne metastasis. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles. In 2013, Dr. Thomas was honored with the 2013 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society.

11:30 - 12:30

SWOT Analysis for each REM institution. 15 min each with Q&A. Order of speakers; John Peroni UGA, Robert Guldberg GT, Alan Levey Emory, and David Hess Augusta UNIV

12:30 - 1:45

Lunch, Poster Presentation REM faculty seed grant winners: 2015, 2016

1:45 - 2:45

Research Speed Dating Network: Identify new synergies, 4-minute sound-bite talks followed by one minute of Q&A

2:45 - 3:30

WRAP: Come back together as a group, open discussion/feedback on REM grants and what is needed to be successful? What else should REM be doing?

Progress and Outcome Metrics

The success of REM will be assessed by monitoring several outcome metrics related to the involvement of Emory, Georgia Tech and University of Georgia faculty, evidence of enhanced national leadership and reputation, development and fundraising, student training, publications, leveraged funding, licensed technologies, start-up companies, and clinical trials. Collecting this data across multiple departments at three institutions is challenging and a work in progress, but the evidence thus far suggests that the Center for Regenerative Engineering and Medicine is continuing to build momentum and interest at all three institutions and currently represents an extremely unique and successful interdisciplinary research collaboration between Emory University, Georgia Tech, and University of Georgia.

3:30 - 5:15

Social Hour - Networking and post-lunch poster review

Tour of Hospital (VTH)
John Peroni

In March 2015, the VTH moved into a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, located at 2200 College Station Road. The new building allows the Hospital to better meet its current patient care demands and the educational needs of the College while ensuring a bright future for both the CVM and the veterinary profession.

The Hospital also features top-of-the-line equipment such as a 64-Slice CT scanner and a 3T open bore MRI for large and small animals, and a linear accelerator that, in certain cases, can treat tumors in fewer radiation therapy sessions and can also treat more types of tumors.

The campus where the Hospital is located is referred to as the Veterinary Medical Center. It includes the main Hospital, a covered equine performance arena, a building for the Hospital’s ambulatory services, and an education building for teaching third-year veterinary students.


I found the breakout sessions really interesting, informative and thought provoking. I really enjoyed this format to bring a multidisciplinary group together for some crucial brainstorming. Attendee
Very well organized, great opportunity to interact with scientists with similar interests. Attendee
Very productive. An open and frank environment to discuss ideas. Attendee
The format created an open, comfortable environment. Attendee
Being a new comer it was nice to meet people, get to know about their work and identify potential areas of collaboration. Attendee

Join Us!

For STEEP 2017

STEEP serves an important role in dissemination of research seed grant opportunities; highlighting current and past year successes and moving the progress toward advancing REM’s mission and strategic networks. The aim of STEEP is to further lively discussion and rapid exchange of information amongst academic researchers, post-docs, and community partners. Together we stand committed to something greater.

University of Georgia Attendees

Faculty, Post-Docs, Academic professionals, and Industry partners

Emory Attendees

Faculty, Medical professionals, Post-Docs, Academic professionals, and Industry partners

Georgia Tech Attendees

Faculty, Post-Docs, Academic professionals, and Industry partners

Augusta University Attending as REM Guest

Faculty, Medical professionals, Post-Docs, Academic staff, and Industry partners

Location and Venue

in the new UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital can be found using most GPS devices. Just enter the address: 2200 College Station Road and go!

The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital / UGA Veterinary Medical Center

2200 College Station Road

Athens, GA 30605

Location information

Once you get to Athens, Ga., merge onto Loop 10 and stay on the loop until you get to exit #7 for College Station Road. Once you exit, head east on College Station Road away from the main UGA campus. Drive approximately 2 miles until you come to a traffic light at Veterinary Medicine Drive/International Drive. Turn right at the light, quick left to the back of the building and look for sign marked 3081 Veterinary Education Center located within the same building as the cafeteria. During normal business hours, all surface parking lots surrounding the UGA Veterinary Education Center are by permit only. Visitors need to request permit prior to event.

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