Upcoming Courses and Conferences  

Take a look at these upcoming courses and conferences.

Regenerative Medicine Foundation Conference

Regenerative Medicine Foundation Conference, May 5-7, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course

Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course, July 21-25, 2014, Winston Salem, NC

Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference

Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference, August 21-23, 2014, Santa Clara, CA (See Conference Flyer)

AFIRM II Launch Event

Feb. 25, 2014 – The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine II program was officially launched today at an event at Wake Forest Biotech Place. The $75 million effort, being led by Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, involves over 30 institutions and will apply regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries. Special guests Major General Joseph Caravalho Jr., M.D. and North Carolina Senator Phil Berger made remarks at the event and local business, civic and political leaders attended. AFIRM II researchers will work to develop clinical therapies focusing on restoring function to limbs, reconstruction for facial and skull injuries, skin regeneration for burn injuries, treatments to prevent rejection of transplants and reconstruction of genital and urinary organs.

 Major General Caravalho Addresses Attendees at the AFIRM II Launch Celebration

 AFIRM II Event Attendees Watch Video Explaining Research Underway at WFIRM to Aid Wounded Warriors

WFIRM Annual Retreat


The institute's annual scientific retreat, held Feb. 10-11, 2014, is an opportunity for its researchers and their industry and academic partners to gather as a group to the share research results and discuss future directions. This collaborative atmosphere, where scientists from many different disciplines interact and discuss projects, often ignites new ideas and reveals potential paths to discovery. In addition, the retreat provides the institute's students and junior researchers the opportunity to report their work in an academic setting - experience that will be valuable in their future careers. The theme of the 2014 retreat focused on team building and team-based science. The retreat provides many opportunities to explore collaborative opportunities and includes the presentation of research abstracts, a poster session and breakout sessions to brainstorm new ideas. 

Retreat Panel Discussion Retreat Poster Session
Retreat Exhibitors 1 Retreat Exhibitors 2


WFIRM is grateful to its corporate and academic allies for providing generous financial support of the 2014 scientific retreat: 

 Marshall Gerstein Borun LLP
Miltenyi BiotechPepper Hamilton LLP
 Wake Forest InnovationsMyers Bigel

The following industry partners participated as exhibitors at the retreat:

Life Technologies

Olympus America

Fisher Scientific





Governor McCrory Visits WFIRM

Dec. 3, 2013 - N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory visited the institute to learn more about two grants - totaling $100 million - that are being led by Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. One effort, the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine, works to apply regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries. Projects at the institute include work to engineer muscle in the lab, print skin cells directly onto burn wounds and "print" muscle and other tissue that can be used on reconstructive surgeries. The second grant - the Body on a Chip effort - works to accelerate the development of new therapies and antidotes to biological and chemical weapons. The goal is to build a miniaturized system of human organs to model the body's responses to harmful agents and potential therapies. McCrory addressed institute researchers and talked about the importance of converting research into patents and into solutions that can help patients.

AFIRM News Release

Governor McCrory Visits WFIRM


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