Visit WFIRM at the World Stem Cell Summit
Partnered with Wake Forest Innovations, WFIRM will be exhibiting at the 2018 World Stem Cell Summit in Miami, Florida from January 23-25, 2018. Come visit us at booth 11!
WFIRM proud to organize the 2017 TERMIS-AM Conference
The 2017 TERMIS-AM Conference was held in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 3-6. WFIRM was a proud sponsor and organization event planner for 2017. Alumni attended an exclusive reception with Dr. Anthony Atala. View the photo gallery by clicking here.
2017 International Feast
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine celebrated the diversity of its researchers, faculty and staff at its Annual International Feast on November 17, 2017. Dishes from many countries were prepared this year including Iran, Lebanon, India, United States, Taiwan and Poland. While sharing this meal together, co-workers and lab collaborators learned about the origin and background of each feast item. View the photo gallery to see all the delicious dishes!
19th Annual NC TERMS Meeting
The Annual Conference for the N.C. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society was hosted by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston-Salem, NC.
The one-day event included a keynote lecture from Dr. Pamela C. Yelick, followed by a series of podium sessions, including invited presentations and selected presentations from submitted abstracts and an all-day poster session.
View our photo gallery and visit NCTERMS for more information.
Summer Scholars Research Day: The Culmination of a 10-Week Program
Congratulations to our 2017 Summer Scholars! Research Day, held August 3th, marked the end of this year’s 10-week program. Scholars gave presentations and shared posters about their research covering topics such as airway organoids, kidney regeneration, cancer modeling, and muscle regeneration. NC Treasurer Dale Folwell spoke to the scholars about the importance of their work and the future of regenerative medicine.
View our photo gallery and visit our Educational Programs website to learn more.
4th Annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course
This one-week course, taught by prominent experts, provides attendees a foundation in this exciting field. From the science behind groundbreaking discoveries to regulatory and manufacturing challenges, the course provides a comprehensive look at progress to date as well as future applications.
The course featured more than 260 attendees including 11 high school students and 21 summer scholar college students representing 16 countries. Attendees learned from experts in the fields of stem cells, biomaterials, cell therapies, process development and manufacturing, bioethics, and commercialization. Partnering with (and the official course of) the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, visitors gathered in the new Wake Forest Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in the company of 17 corporate and industry sponsors. Prior to the week, 73 attendees passed through the WFIRM doors as pre-conference tour groups and 41 visitors attended hands-on workshops.
"This is one of the few courses that enables such a comprehensive, 'one-stop shop' immersive exposure to the field covering all of the major topics led by pioneers in the field," said Co-Director Joan Schanck.
View our photo gallery and learn more about the 2018 RME Course by visiting our Educational Programs website.
International 3D Bioprinting: Physical and Chemical Processes Conference
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine hosted an international conference on 3D bioprinting May 2-3 in Winston-Salem. The event, which was attended by close to 150 scientists from around the world, was the second international event the institute has sponsored within the past year.
“Hosting events like this gives us the opportunity to share our institute’s scientific advancements with our colleagues, but also allows us to introduce Winston-Salem to researchers from around the world,” said Anthony Atala, M.D., director of the institute and a conference organizer.
The conference focused on the physical and chemical processes used in 3D printing of replacement tissues and biomedical devices. The event aimed to attract the best and brightest early-career researchers to join in discussions and present their work in poster sessions.
In addition to Atala, the conference was organized by Roger Narayan, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering at North Carolina State University, who is an associate editor of Applied Physics Review, a journal that is sponsoring the event. The local organizer was James Yoo, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the institute.
Regenerative Medicine Initiative Launch Event
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) today announced the launch of a five-year, $20 million effort to apply advanced manufacturing to regenerative medicine. The goal is to speed up the availability of replacement tissues and organs to patients. “Regenerative medicine therapies are already benefiting small groups of patients through clinical trials,” said Anthony Atala, MD, Institute Director. “While there is still much to accomplish scientifically, the field is at a tipping point. If we are going to bring high-quality, cost-effective therapies to patients, now is the time to begin the important work of developing the manufacturing processes. Collaboration between industry and academic researchers increases the chance of success."
WFIRM will focus on two projects. One is to develop standardized “bioinks” that can be used to print replacement tissues and organs. The second is to develop standardized cell culture media - liquids that support cell growth. These products are used in most all regenerative medicine projects because of the billions of cells that must be grown for each patient.
International Biofabrication 2016 Conference
WFIRM proudly hosted the International Biofabrication 2016 Conference on October 29-31, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem, NC. More than 350 attendees participated in the comprehensive three-day program which included the latest biofabrication methods, materials, and technologies, and their impact on medicine. The multidisciplinary meeting gathered research leaders, scholars, clinicians and company representatives from around the world to exchange ideas on the rapidly developing topic of biofabrication. Plenary speakers included Rashid Bashir, PhD, Gabor Forgacs, PhD, and Anthony Atala, MD. WFIRM appreciates everyone who attended the conference with special acknowledgment to our sponsors, exhibitors, and supporters. Over 50 WFIRM employees served as volunteers to ensure the conference ran smoothly. Review social media coverage from the event or view the photo gallery below.
Summer Scholars Research Day: The Culmination of a 10-Week Program
Congratulations to our 2016 Summer Scholars! Research Day, held August 4th, marked the end of this year’s 10-week program. Scholars gave presentations and shared posters about their research covering topics such as ovarian function, muscle regeneration, bioprinting applications, drug delivery, kidney scaffolds and testicular tissue collection/ banking. Thank you to everyone from faculty to sponsors who made this summer a success.
Essentials Course Attendees Participate in Hands-On Workshop
The 3rd Annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials course, offered by Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, was held July 11-15 in Winston-Salem, NC. The course featured prominent experts speaking in lecture and panel formats, lab tours, hands-on workshops and networking events. Attendees got a comprehensive look into the field with sessions covering biomaterials, enabling technologies, cell therapies, commercialization and more. Follow the link below to view the live tweets from the course.
Outreach Team Interacts with Girl Scouts at Mad Science STEM Event
The Institute’s Growing Futures Outreach Team led hands-on activities for more than 100 Girl Scouts who attended the Mad Science STEM event on November 7, 2015. The event gave girls, ages 5 to 17, the opportunity to engage with leading regenerative medicine scientists and learn about the various components of the field. The outreach team, consisting of Tracy Criswell, PhD, Jennifer Huling, Gauri Kalkarni, PhD, Renata Magalhael and Joan Schanck, MPA, taught girls about stem cells, biomaterials and 3D printing. The scouts even got the chance to make a model version of a 3D printed organ!
WFIRM Scientists Place at Annual Residents' and Fellows' Research Day
The Institute was well represented at the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Surgical Sciences 23rd Annual Residents’ and Fellows’ Research Day on November 19, 2015. The event provides an opportunity for residents and fellows to present data on activities, projects and applications which cover a broad spectrum ranging from the very basic to clinically applied research and the testing of innovative procedures or medications in patients. Dr. Hooman-Sadri Ardekani received first-place in the Basic Sciences/Fellow category for his poster and Dr. JP Zambon placed second. Ashley Wagoner received second-place in the Clinical Sciences/Student category for her poster.
2nd Annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course
The 2nd Annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials course, offered by Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, was held July 20-24 in Winston-Salem, NC. The course featured prominent experts speaking in lecture and panel formats, lab tours, hands-on workshops and networking events. Attendees got a comprehensive look into the field with sessions covering biomaterials, enabling technologies, cell therapies, commercialization and more. Attendees traveled from 12 states within the U.S. and from 15 countries around the world to participate. Review social media coverage of the course or watch video highlights below.
Summer Scholars Research Day 2015
Research Day held August 7th at Wake Forest Biotech Place marked the conclusion of this year's 10-week Summer Scholars program. Our scholars gave presentations and created posters for the projects they worked on under a faculty mentor at our institute. Read more about our scholars here.
Welcome Summer Scholars
June 2015 - As part of our Summer Scholars program, we recently welcomed 16 students from universities across the nation to spend 10 weeks at the Institute. For the bulk of the program, students become immersed on a research project in a faculty lab receiving appropriate guidance from their faculty mentor and graduate or post-doctoral students in the lab. Students perform their own research and data analysis and present their findings at a formal scientific poster session at the conclusion of the program. Meet the 2015 Summer Scholars
WFIRM Annual Retreat
At the institute's annual scientific retreat, held Feb. 2-3, 2015, researchers and their industry and academic partners gathered to the share research results and discuss future direction. The theme of the 2015 retreat focused on past, present and future technologies in regenerative medicine. The retreat provided many opportunities to explore collaborative opportunities and included the presentation of research abstracts, a poster session and breakout sessions to brainstorm new ideas. WFIRM is grateful to the following corporate and academic colleagues for providing generous financial support of the 2015 scientific retreat: Wake Forest Innovations, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Lonza, Saul Ewing LLP, Miltenyi Biotec, PeproTech, Kilpatrick Townsend, Corning and Olympus
WFIRM Summer Scholars at TERMIS-AM 2014
December 13-16, 2014 - Six WFIRM Summer Scholars attended and presented the results of their work in poster format at TERMIS-AM 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.
From Left to Right: 2014 Summer Scholars Jhonatan Nagasako, Morgan Burt, Elizabeth Wicks, Yui-Rei Chang and Alexandra Wells, Joan Schanck, WFIRM, Dr. Anthony Atala, Director of WFIRM, Dr. David Williams, TERMIS Global President and Dr. Hooman Sadri-Ardekani, WFIRM (Missing: Katherine Katsivalis).
Annual International Feast
November 2014 - Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine celebrated the diversity of its researchers, faculty and staff at its Annual International Feast. Dishes from many countries were prepared this year including Kashk-o-Bademjan from Iran, Eggplant Dip from Lebanon, Gulabjamun an Indian Dessert, American Chicken and Dumplings and Polish Cabbage and Noodles. While sharing this meal together, co-workers and lab collaborators learned about the origin and background of each feast item.
WFIRM Summer Scholars Research Day
August 8, 2014 - Research Day marked the conclusion of this year's 10-week Summer Scholars program. Our scholars gave presentations and created posters for the research projects they worked on this summer at our institute.
Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course
July 21-25, 2014 - This one-week course, held in Winston Salem, provided attendees with a foundation in the field of Regenerative Medicine. From the science behind groundbreaking discoveries to regulatory and manufacturing challenges, the course provided a comprehensive look at progress to date as well as future applications. If you were unable to attend to course, you can still review some of the highlights that were live-tweeted throughout the week here
. For more information about Regenerative Medicine Essentials, visit the course site
International Perinatal Stem Cell Society
May 7, 2014 - The International Perinatal Stem Cell Society hosted their inaugural annual conference, co-hosting the event with the Regenerative Medicine Foundation in San Francisco. Sean Murphy, PhD, a Research Fellow at WFIRM, is one of the society's founders and serves as the Director and Secretary. This one-day program highlighted the work of leading groups from industry, research and medicine and its international appeal demonstrated by speakers from five different countries, including the UK, Australia, Italy, Finland and the United States. The session covered topics including therapeutic applications of perinatal cells from the umbilical cord blood, Wharton’s jelly, placental tissue, amnion membranes and amniotic fluid. In addition to updates in current perinatal stem cell research, speakers covered recent advances and current trends in clinical manufacturing, banking and commercialization of perinatal tissue and cells. Read more about the conference and society here. Research Day on August 8, 2014 marked the conclusion of this year's 10-week program. Our scholars gave presentations and created posters for the research projects they worked on this summer at our institute.
Ned Holland, ASA Visits WFIRM
May 22, 2014 - Mr. Ned Holland, Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visits Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Mr. Holland was in the area for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Triad BioNight 2014 where he participated as the event's keynote speaker.
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.
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.
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
Body on a Chip News Release