The Second Symposium on the Future of Regenerative Medicine Ostuni (Puglia, Italy) – October 3-5, 2018

The Centre for Regenerative Medicine of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome), the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre (Winnipeg, Canada), and the International Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Network supported by the Miami Scientific Italian Community co-host the Second Symposium on the Future of Regenerative Medicine to be held in Ostuni (Puglia, Italy) on October 3-5, 2018.

Two decades after envisioning for the first time the possibility to repair tissue degenerative injuries by substituting dead with healthy cells, the Regenerative Medicine technologies require further efforts and groundwork by scientists/clinicians and industry to develop stem cell- and biomaterial-based commercial products for clinical application. Indeed, stem cells based technologies are among highly promising but challenging research endeavors and require extensive optimization of the procedures at pre-clinical and clinical level by international experts in the field of stem cell therapy and tissue engineering.

The Ostuni Symposium does not aspire to be a mere exhibition of the scientific and technological progress in the scientists’ respective laboratories. Rather, it will be a platform to discuss challenges involved in clinical translation of stem cell therapies, and to motivate scientists to find clinically relevant industry-oriented solutions to manufacture stem cells and biomaterials-based new generation and affordable products for the benefit of mankind. In this context, cross-fertilization of ideas is very important, and the Symposium will provide a platform for merging differently matured experiences and procedures to benefit disability and sustain advanced biomedical industries. The Symposium will represent a sort of modern medieval “market square”, where scientists and industries from West and East can freely meet to improve scientific business for the benefit of patients and healthcare.

The progressive increase of degenerative diseases and related disabilities together with the extraordinary expansion of longevity worldwide will determine an uncontrollable demand for qualified healthcare with consequent impossibility to sustain health system overspending. Regenerative Medicine promises to contribute to enhance the quality and quantity of health care creating an equal access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures by all individuals independently of the geographic and economic conditions. This goal can be achieved only through a choral effort to standardize methods and procedures involving the most prominent international scientists in the world and an ad hoc educational program for the new generation of scientists. The Symposium in Ostuni aims at stimulating this process.

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