Annual REM Retreat

“REMagine: Engineering Tomorrow’s Medicine”

Monday, May 20, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital
2200 College Station Road
Athens, GA

Registration for the 2024 REM Retreat is now closed. You may direct inquiries to

A forward-thinking event at the forefront of regenerative engineering and medicine. Attendees will explore innovative advancements, collaborate on cutting-edge research, and shape the future of healthcare. Join us as we envision and engineer tomorrow’s medicine together.


10:00 a.m.Welcome and Introduction, REM Seed Grant Opportunities REM Seed Grant Proposal Link (June 23 deadline)
10:10 a.m.“Slowing Inflammation and the Aging Process in the Brain”Jason Richardson MS, Ph.D., Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, Fellow of the American Thoracic Society, Dianne Isakson Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia
10:40 a.m.“Altering Aging Trajectories by Targeting the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis”Tom Gould, Ph.D., Emory University, Todd Golde, M.D./Ph.D., Director, Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Disease, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
Project Updates from 2023-2024 Seed Grant Teams
11:20 a.m.“R3 (Regeneration, Rehabilitation, Restoration) to Build Muscle Strength under Ischemic and Atherogenic Conditions in Porcine Model of PAD”Luke Brewster, M.D./Ph.D., Emory University, Jarrod Call, Ph.D., University of Georgia
11:35 a.m.“Localized Intestinal Immunosuppression for Treatment of Crohn’s Disease”Leslie Chan, Ph.D., Georgia Tech / Emory University, Paul Dawson, Ph.D., Emory University
12:00 p.m.Lunch and Poster Session 
1:30 p.m.“Gastrointestinal Delivery of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics for Improved Tissue Level Targeting”Alex Abramson, Ph.D., Georgia Tech; James Dahlman, Ph.D., Emory University
1:45 p.m.In vivo Bone Microfracture Repair Enhancement with Microphysiological System Design”Luke Mortensen, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D., Georgia Tech / Emory University
Fireside Chats
2:00 p.m.“Moving Regenerative Meds into the Clinics,” and “What Happens after Successful Rodent Studies”

Steven Stice, Ph.D., University of Georgia – Moderator
John Peroni, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Emily Baker, Ph.D., Aruna Bio, Inc.
2:30 p.m.Break 
2:45 p.m.“Non-dilutive State Fund for Regenerative Medicine”

Edmund K. Waller, M.D./Ph.D., Emory University – Moderator
Gil Sambrano, Ph.D., California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Tim Denning, Ph.D., Georgia Research Alliance
3:15 p.m.“Points to Consider When Crafting a Large ARPA H and Burroughs Welcome Funding Opportunities”

Edward Botchwey, Ph.D., Georgia Tech / Emory University – Moderator
Gabriel Kwong, Ph.D., Georgia Tech / Emory University
3:45 p.m.🏆 Poster Awards, Closing Remarks 
4:00 p.m.Meeting Adjourns – Tour of UGA’s Animal Hospital Facility (spaces limited, sign up at meeting check-in)