2nd International Symposium on the
Future of Regenerative Medicine

October 3-4, 2018


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Abstract Deadline September 16 2018

Organizing Committee

  • Paolo Di Nardo
  • Sanjiv Dhingra
  • Vincenzo Desiderio
  • Felicia Carotenuto
  • Mauro Casalboni
  • Antonio Crovace
  • Rodolfo Guzzi 
  • Lorrie Kirshenbaum
  • Anna Maria Maccari
  • Grant Pierce
  • Tarik Regad
  • Igor Reshetov
  • Pawan Singal
  • Rita Stefani
  • Ilaria Tresoldi
  • Cosimo Tudisco
Regenerative Medicine is very important area of translational research, it is based on the ability of stem cells to repair damaged tissue. Since age and degenerative diseases downregulate the regenerative capacity of endogenous stem cells, therefore, the ability of endogenous and exogenous stem cells to maintain and restore normal tissue function is being extensively investigated. There have been several challenges involved in understanding the behavior of stem cells and their capabilities to adapt to the local environment and initiate regenerative processes after transplantation.
In this perspective, the International Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Network , the Center for Regenerative Medicine of Rome and the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre of Winnipeg, Canada are fully committed to contribute to the advancement of stem cell research and tissue engineering approaches to find stem cell based future therapies. The first meeting through these collaborative efforts was held in Tuscania (Italy) in October 2017 in which more than 70 scientists/clinicians from all over the world shared their experience, expertise and views on the future of stem cells. The tremendous success of this meeting and continuous support from partners has prompted to organize the second joint meeting to be held in Ostuni (Italy) on October 3-5 2018. The aim of this Symposium is to provide a comprehensive overview of various aspects of stem cell biology and applications. This interactive event will offer the latest and most significant developments in basic and clinical research; participants will also get opportunities to discuss future prospects in the field of stem cells and tissue engineering and related areas. Opportunities will be provided to develop significant interactions among researchers and private companies in order to establish a concrete platform for technology development in the field of regenerative medicine.

Scientific Program

Welcome address by Paolo Di Nardo, Sanjiv Dhingra, Vincenzo Desiderio and Ostuni City Mayor

Balwant Tuana and Tarik Regad

9:15 - 9:45
Mark Sussmann
Myocardial Regeneration: Uncommon Sense for Common Problems

9:45 - 10:05
Adonis Hijaz, (Cleveland, USA)
Mesenchymal Stem cells for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, what have we learned

10:05 - 10:25
Jan Kylosevich
The effect of pharmacological intervention on expression of cardio-specific miRNAs expression in adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells

10:25 - 10:45
Sara Nunes
Human fibrosis-induced heart failure-on-a-chip recapitulates disease hallmarks and can serve as a platform for drug screening

10:45 - 11:15

Evzen Amler

11:15 - 11:35
Hania Ammar, (Cairo, Egypt)
Combined treatment with systemic resveratrol and resveratrol preconditioned stem cells maximizes antofibrotic action in diabetic cardiomyopathy

11:35 - 11:55
Christian Berac (Mainz, Germany)
Termoresponsive Supramolecular Copolymers for Hydrogel Formation at Physiological Conditions

11:55 - 12:15
Gioia Magda (Rome, Italy)
Evaluation of cell response to mechanical stimuli in human primary cells

12:15 – 12:35
Marcella La Noce, (Napoli, Italy)
GR-HDAC2 cytoplasmic interaction regulates osteocalcin expression enhancing bone formation

12:35 – 12:55
Gianni Pertici (Manno, Swizerland)
Bone reconstruction adopting innovative customized biomaterial

13:00 - 14:30

Lynn Megeney and Antonio Musarò

14:30 – 14:50
Kapil Bharti, (NIH, USA)
Autologous iPS Cell Therapy for Macular Degeneration: From Bench-To-Bedside

14:20 - 14:40
Adonis Hijaz, (Cleveland, USA)
Mesenchymal Stem cells for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, what have we learned.

14:50- 15:10
Antonio Rinaldi (ENEA, Italy)
SUPERMAT virtual center: a platform to develop extreme materials for tissue engineering

15:30 - 15:50
Antonio Musarò (Rome, Italy)
Ex-vivo-vascularized Muscle Engineered Tissue (X-MET): a new experimental tool for basic research, pharmacological studies, and regenerative medicine.

15:50- 16:10
Nirmal Robinson, (Adelaide, Australia)
Lysosome biogenesis in macrophages and tissue repair during infection

16:10 – 16:30
Gloria Guillot, (NANOFABER, Italy)
New SERS and patented microsponges for nanosensing, therapy and point of care drug delivery


Mark Sussman

9:00 – 9:20
Balwant Tuana (Ottawa, Canada)
Cell cycle dynamics and survival in the postnatal myocardium

09:20 - 9:40
Lynn Megeney (Ottawa, Canada)
Variable caspase signaling determines the outcome between beneficial vs adverse cardiac hypertrophy

9:40 – 10:00
Vincenzo Lionetti, (Pisa, Italy)
Exosomal communication within ischemic myocardium prevents the onset of heart failure

10:00 – 10:20
Sanjiv Dhingra (Winnipeg, Canada)
Allogeneic stem cell therapy for infarcted heart


Christine Pratt and Sara Vasconcelos

10:50 - 11:10
Tarik Regad (Nottingham, UK)
Identification and Isolation of Cancer Stem Cells: from Biomarkers Discovery to Setting Up Therapeutic Strategies

11:10 - 11:30
Christine Pratt, (Ottawa, Canada)
Progenitor cell origins of breast cancers arising in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers: Role of NF-κB signaling

11:30 – 11:50
Francesco Marampon (Rome, Italy)
MEK/ERK/c-Myc axys sustains tumorigenicity and in vitro radioresistance of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma stem-like cell population

11:50 – 12:10
Vincenzo Desiderio, (Napoli, Italy)
HDAC2 blockade promotes cancer stem cell phenotype in human osteosarcoma


13:30 – 13:50
Francesco Bacchi
Lab-on-chip platform for floating 4D Biology

13:50 – 14:10
Elena Pavlyukova, (Moscow, Russia)
Modeling of Separated Fluid Flows Around a Sphere, Including Laminar-Turbulent Transition Regimes

14:10 – 14:30
Yuri Gulyaev (Moscow, Russia)
Radio Engineering for Biomedical Applications

14:30 – 14:50
Federica Caselli (Rome, Italy)
Electrical impedance as non-invasive tool for multiparametric single-cell analysis

Kapil Bharti and Maria Prat Italy

14:50 - 15:10
Evzen Amler, (Prague, Czech Republic)
Smart nanofibers as biosensors for medical and non-medical application

15:10 - 15:30
Rosaria Rinaldi (Lecce, Italy)
Nano-biophysical and diagnostics tools for cellular processes investigations

15:30 - 15:50
Maria Prat, (Novara, Italy)
Functionalized biomimetic magnetic nanoparticles as effective nanocarriers for tumor targeted chemotherapy

15:50 - 16:20

Luigi Vanvitelli
LOGO ENEA (Inglese)


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Our speakers come from all over the globe

Tarik Regad

Nottingham Trent University


Vincenzo Desiderio

Università degli Studi della Campania ``Luigi Vanvitelli``


Mark Sussman

San Diego University CA USA

Christine Pratt

University of Ottawa CND

Christian Berac

Gutemberg University Mainz


Antonio Musarò

Università La Sapienza Rome


Lynn Megeney

Ottawa University CND

Elena Pavlyukova

Moscow, RUS

Moscow, RUS

Nirmal Robinson

South Australia University, Adelaide, AUS

Maria Prat

University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, I

Gloria Guillot


Antonio Rinaldi


Kapil Bharti, (National Eye Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA)

Jan Kyselovic, (Comenius University, Bratislava, SK)

Gioia Magda (Tor Vergata University,  Rome , I)

Marcella La Noce (Luigi Vanvitelli University,Napoli, I)

Sara Vasconcelos, (University Health Network, Toronto, CND)

Riccardo Reale (Tor Vergata University ,  Rome,   I)

Balwant Tuana (Ottawa University, CND)

Vincenzo Lionetti (Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa, I)

Francesco Marampon (Foro Italico University, Rome, I)

Evzen Amler, (Prague, CZ)

Rosaria Rinaldi (Salento University, Lecce, I)

Yuri Gulyaev (Moscow, RUS)


The cash fee is due with the registration at the venue of the congress.
Participation certificate
Brochure program
Dinner (October 2)
Social dinner (October 3)
Lunches (October 3-4)
Coffee breaks
Participant (Academic/Industry)
Accompanying person

All activities and entertainments will be at the conference center Centro Pastorale Madonna della Nova.


Via S. Giovanni Bosco, 10/A
72017 Ostuni (BR)

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International flights to Ostuni

Bari Airport (BRI/LIBD) 100 km
Brindisi Airport (BDS/LIBR) 40 km

Shuttle bus from Bari to Ostuni (congress venue) and Return

Bari-Ostuni October 2 at 5:30 PM

Return October 5 to be defined

Contact Details

Via S. Giovanni Bosco, 10/A - SS 16 SUD - 72017 - OSTUNI (BR)info@ostuniregenerative.org


October 309:00 - 17:00
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