Regenerative Rehabilitation at UPMC

January 31, 2020

In July 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the University of Pittsburgh to create the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training (AR3T). This NIH center grant created a multi-institutional resource center to develop research collaborations, provide educational opportunities, and fund pilot projects and technology development projects that will benefit the research community and facilitate the translation of this knowledge into the clinic. This partnership includes the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, Mayo Clinic, and the University of Texas at Austin. The goal is to support expansion of education and research in the field of regenerative rehabilitation. The alliance has more than 20 laboratories in place to support these efforts.

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UPMC and core faculty at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, says, “Technologies using biomaterials and cellular therapies to heal the body are in clinical trials and in the clinical practice across the country. Regenerative rehabilitation combines these discoveries with rehabilitation research, propelling the translation into functionally relevant treatments and transforming the future of health care.”

The 8th Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation was held October 24–26, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Approximately 130 people attended the symposium to
learn about the latest developments in regenerative rehabilitation, participate in discussions that fostered cutting-edge ideas, and create sustainable collaborations. World-renowned researchers and clinicians presented on scientifically rigorous research and clinical management, focusing on new and innovative approaches that combine discoveries in tissue engineering, medical devices, and cellular therapies with mechanotransductive and rehabilitative protocols. 

This year’s symposium will be held December 3–5, 2020 in Austin, Texas.