Biological cells hold tremendous potential for the development of new regenerative medicine therapies for the regrowth and repair of damaged cells, tissues and organs. Tremendous advances have been made over the last decade in developmental biology, cell biology and immunology that have demonstrated the potential for cells to be successfully reproduced in the laboratory environment. However, the key to the successful development for clinical use lies in the large-scale reproducibility and production of high quality cells in a controlled manufacturing environment. Also key is the existence of a trained workforce of engineers and scientists with the unique skills and knowledge to guide the industry and interface with clinical teams.

The planned three and one-half day training course will be held on March 12-16, 2016 and will precede the 20th annual Regenerative Medicine Workshop at Hilton Head, which will be held March 16-20, 2016. The purpose of the course will be to train pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the translation of cell-based technologies for the large-scale production into clinical therapies.  

This course is a an international collaboration between the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, and the University of Loughborough in the United Kingdom. This course will be similar in nature to 1st International Advanced Course on Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing that was held in Tavira Algarve, Portugal in 2013 and will focus on recent advances and existing challenges facing the research and development of regenerative medicine therapies.

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Course Chair - Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D. -  Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Organizing Committee

Sean Palecek, Ph.D. -  University of Wisconsin-Madison - Chair

Joaquim Cabral, Ph.D. - Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Christopher Hewitt, Ph.D. - Aston University, UK

Todd C. McDevitt, Ph.D. - Gladstone Institutes

Housing Info

All graduate student and postdoc attendees will be housed in mostly 3 bedroom shared villas (one guest per bedroom) in the Sea Pines Resort. Attendees will have an opportunity to indicate any villa-mate preferences during registration. You may also email your preferences to Colly Mitchell no later than February 8, 2016. All other housing assignments will be made based on gender and attendees will be notified of all housing information in the weeks prior to the short course.


The short course takes place in the four days prior to the annual Regenerative Medicine Workshop on March 16-19, 2016. Attendees of the short course who wish to stay and attend the Workshop will be offered a discounted Workshop registration.

Scholarships for Short Course

There will be a limited number of scholarships for attendees of the short course. Deadline for scholarship applications is January 24, 2016. Notifications will be sent by February 1, 2016. Please use the button below to apply.

Short Course Scholarship Application

Thank You to Our Sponsors









Cellular Dynamics International, a FUJIFILM company


Thank You to the Additional Short Course Supporters

A National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center

Georgia Tech’s NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program