Annual REM Retreat

“Bringing Regenerative Medicine to Georgians”Focusing on community outreach and engagement.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Georgia Tech
Petit Biotech Building
315 Ferst Drive NW, Suddath Seminar Room 1128
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Register HERE

The Regenerative Engineering and Medicine (REM) Center was started by Bob Nerem more than a decade ago and has grown into an active community of researchers who collaborate across our three institutions in bio-materials, biomedical devices, stem cells, cancer therapeutics and drug delivery.

This year’s retreat will bring together investigators from partner institutions for engaging, interactive discussions on how to bring cutting edge technologies to Georgians to reduce health disparities.


10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation – “Partnering with the Community in Promoting the Delivery of Medical Advances”Theresa Gillespie, Ph.D. – Emory University

10:45 a.m. Keynote Presentation – “Bridging Healthcare, Scientific, and Community Needs: Perspectives from Rural Georgia Communities that Adopted an Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Health and Translation Science Program”Lisa Renzi-Hammond, Ph.D. – University of Georgia

Project updates from 2022-23 seed grant teams

11:15 a.m. “Elucidating Predictive Potency of IFN-Ɣ Primed Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Graft vs Host Disease using Spatial Single Cell Transcriptomics”Zhou Fang (Coskun lab – GT/Emory)/Edwin Horwitz, Ph.D. (Emory)

11:30 a.m. “Epicardial Hydrogel for Cardiac Gene Therapy”Rebecca Levit, MD (Emory)/Andrés García, Ph.D. (GT)

11:45 a.m. “Combatting Contraction and Fibrosis in Marrow-mediated Cartilage Repair with Platelet Lysate”Jay Patel, Ph.D. (Emory/GT)/John Peroni, Ph.D. (UGA)

12 Noon        Poster session with lunch

Project updates from 2022-23 seed grant teams

1:30 p.m. “Microfluidic Enrichment of Corneal Epithelial Progenitor Cells Derived from Human Stem Cell Cultures” – Todd Sulchek, Ph.D. (GT)/James Lauderdale, Ph.D. (UGA)

1:45 p.m. “Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Extracellular Vesicle Modulation of Microglia Metabolism in the Context of Alzheimer’s Disease” – Ross Marklein, Ph.D. (UGA)/Levi Wood, Ph.D. (GT)/Jarrod Call, Ph.D. (UGA)

2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation – “Georgia CTSA Advancement of Innovations to Reduce Health Disparities: Opportunities for Support and Collaboration” – Bradley Phillips, Pharm.D. – University of Georgia, GCTSA

2:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation – “Challenges and Opportunities in Vaccine-preventable Disease Surveillance, Prevention, and Elimination” Stephen Crooke, Ph.D. – Centers for Disease Control

3:00 p.m. 🏆 Poster awards, closing remarks