Campus News

UGA to host regenerative engineering and medicine retreat

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center along with the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine research center will hold their annual retreat Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Registration is required for the retreat, which is free and open to the public.

The Regenerative Engineering and Medicine research center, or REM, is a joint collaboration of Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and UGA. The 2014 retreat marks the first year that REM has directors from all three institutions—Steve Stice, director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center; Bob Guldberg, director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech; and Robert Taylor, director of the Division of Cardiology at Emory and a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Tech.

The goal for the retreat is to “build the foundation network for a stronger regenerative medicine community in Georgia, which in turn improves economic development as well as human and veterinary health in our state,” Stice said.

Last year’s retreat had more than 125 attendees. Seed grant presentations included, from the Emory School of Medicine, researcher Chunhui Xu, an associate professor of pediatrics, and John N. Oshinski, an associate professor in the department of radiology. This year’s retreat will feature presentations from past seed grant recipients, a lunchtime poster session and additional keynote presentations.

By working together and sharing information, REM researchers hope to make progress more rapidly than would be possible for individuals working alone, Stice said.

The collaboration provided at retreats such as this one, he said, are important specifically because Georgia’s economic development rests in the training of a new workforce and to spur on grassroots efforts to develop innovative engineering and medical technologies.

To register for the REM retreat, see The submission deadline for poster presentations is Aug. 11.

UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center currently has 24 active members. The center links researchers and resources collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new cures for devastating diseases. For more information on the center, see