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.
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 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.
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.
REM is led by three Co-Directors representing Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Transplantation, and Biomedical Engineering.
The directors work closely with a 10 member faculty committee to advance the field of regenerative medicine. Total faculty involved between Emory, Georgia Tech, and University of Georgia is 190+
REM's mission is aimed at solving a complex process, but with a relatively simple goal: To fundamentally transform treatment outcomes for human diseases and injuries through the development and translation of new technologies that enhance the body's ability to heal itself.
REM research is focused on endogenous repair or how the body can harness its own potential to heal or regenerate. Example clinical targets and technologies include: biomaterials to control inflamation, limb repair and regeneration, therapeutic delivery, nerve regeneration, cell therapies, and biomanufacturing.
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West, Platt, Mao (Example)
Longitudinal MRI and MRS Assessment of iPSC Neural Stem Cell Treatment in White Brain Matter
The REM funds were critical in the development of Doctors; Franklin West (UGA), Simon Platt (UGA) and Hui Mao (Emory), collaborative project to assess the effects of a regenerative neural stem cell therapy in a pig stroke model similar to humans using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This is a critical area of need as stroke is the number one cause of long term disability and there is only one pharmacological treatment option that is effective in < 5% of patients. REM funds allowed testing for the first time the ability of a novel class of neural stem cells to develop into neurons and replace damaged and destroyed neural networks in a model that is likely more predicative of what will happen in human patients. Using these approaches, we have been able to demonstrate that our stem cell therapy improves cerebral blood flow, preserves neurons and improves motor function in stroked animals. The REM developed stem cell therapy will hopefully one day help the millions of stroke victims with learning, memory, sensory and motor function problems have happier and more productive lives. The collaboration resulted in an R01 award.
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.
Tour of Hospital (VTH)
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
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.
Faculty, Post-Docs, Academic professionals, and Industry partners
Faculty, Medical professionals, Post-Docs, Academic professionals, and Industry partners
Faculty, Post-Docs, Academic professionals, and Industry partners
Faculty, Medical professionals, Post-Docs, Academic staff, and Industry partners
in the new UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital
The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital / UGA Veterinary Medical Center
2200 College Station Road
Athens, GA 30605Location 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.