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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.

Summer Scholars Research Day 2016 Poster 1
Summer Scholars 2016 Poster 2

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!

 Outreach Team with Girl Scouts 2015

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.

 Residents' and Fellows' Research Day 2015

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.

SS Panel 1 SS Panel 2
SS Questions SS Poster

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.

 Summer Scholars 2015 Lab

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.

 Poster Session Retreat
 Panel Discussion Retreat
Highlight Sponsor:
Gold Sponsors:      
 Pepper Hamilton LLP      Lonza Image
 Saul Ewing      
Silver Sponsor:      
 MACS Miltenyi Biotec      

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.

 Summer Scholars at TERMIS AM 2014

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.

 Food Line 1 Web Food Line 2 Web  


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.

 2014 Summer Scholars

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.

 2014 RME Course Atala Welcome

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.

 Mr. Ned Holland

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

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  

  Governor McCrory Visits WFIRM


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