First Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference Coming in March

The UC Davis Center for Equine Health, in collaboration with the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, and the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, is pleased to announce the 1st North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference to be held March 5-6, 2010, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley just east of Santa Barbara, Calif.

The conference is intended to be a two-day working meeting consisting of scientific presentations, live demonstrations and discussion sessions on all aspects of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine in horses and other animals. According to Gregory Ferraro, DVM, director of the Center for Equine Health, "As with any new area of medical research and clinical therapy, standardization of procedures and impartial methods for evaluating results must be established if outcomes are to be properly evaluated. This is a historic time, as we are now dealing with biological medicine rather than pharmacological therapy."

Topics will include the latest research techniques regarding the harvesting, expansion and cryopreservation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS). Additionally, the clinical applications, methodologies and manifestations of stem cells in orthopedics and various other medical specialties will be presented. Discussion sessions will include laboratory methodology and regulation, the design and implementation of clinical trials and the basic biological manipulation of stem cells.

Approximately 25 speakers will present on topics ranging from Clinical Applications of Stem Cells in Equine Joint Therapy to Gene Therapy in Regenerative Medicine. Prominent research scientists in the field of veterinary and human regenerative medicine and clinicians with substantial experience in the application of stem cell and related therapies will speak.

"We are excited about the collaboration of researchers and practitioners and the new ideas from which innovative new therapies will be born," said Doug Herthel, DVM, founder of Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center and the Alamo Pintado Center for Biological Medicine. "Our goal is to find more useful ways to employ stem cell therapy to heal animals."

A special practitioner's roundtable will be featured to discuss where and how regenerative medicine fits in the practice of veterinary medicine. There will also be a live demonstration of stem cell collection techniques from bone marrow and fat and laboratory processing of bone marrow samples.

The conference is open to all practicing veterinarians, regenerative medicine researchers, and other interested professional medical personnel. To register for this conference or for more information regarding the conference schedule and hotel accommodations, visit the Web site or telephone 888/688-6510.

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