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Immunomodulation in Regenerative Medicine

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Room 218 A/219 A

Immunomodulation in Regenerative Medicine

Scope

Biomaterials have emerged as essential tools within regenerative medicine, and it is clear that the host immune system plays a pivotal role in the success or failure of regenerative medicine strategies. This session will focus on eliciting, diminishing, or controlling immune responses in the context of biomaterials used within tissue engineering, transplantation, and regenerative medicine. Possible specific topics include controlling immune responses to autologous, allogeneic, or xenogeneic stem cells; engineering biomaterials scaffolds with reduced immunogenicity; inducing productive or therapeutic immune responses in regenerative medicine applications; basic mechanistic studies into biomaterials-mediated graft rejection and tolerance; and translational challenges in reliably controlling immune responses to engineered tissues in the clinic. The session aims to bring together researchers working on both applied aspects of immunological control in regenerative medicine, as well as those studying its basic mechanisms.