Podcasts

The McGowan Institute sponsors a bi-weekly podcast on regenerative medicine. Listen to some of the world's leading regenerative medicine researchers and physicians talk about their work.

May 29, 2014
Richard Bodnar, PhD

Dr. Richard Bodnar is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Pathology and a Research Biologist at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Dr. Bodnar discusses his work on angiogenesis and wound healing.

April 30, 2014
Herbert Ray, DMD

Dr. Herbert Ray is an Assistant Professor of Endodontics and the Director, Graduate Endodontic Residency Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ray discusses his work on dental pulp regeneration.

March 31, 2014
David Borton, PhD

Dr. David Borton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at Brown University as well as a Neuroengineer at the Swiss National Institute of Technology. Dr. Borton discusses his research on spinal injuries and regenerative rehabilitation.

February 28, 2014
Bryan Brown, PhD

Dr. Bryan Brown is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Brown discusses his research of treatments for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.​

January 16, 2014
Bryan Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Brown discusses the upcoming 2014 McGowan Institute Summer School for undergraduates.

December 19, 2013
Jörg Gerlach, MD, PhD

Dr. Jörg Gerlach is a Professor with the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gerlach discusses his “skin cell gun” and its applicability as well as other alternatives for burn therapy.

November 26, 2013
Linda Noble-Haeusslein, PhD

Dr. Linda Noble-Haeusslein is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and the Alvera L. Kan Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Noble-Haeusslein discusses her research in the neurobiology of traumatic injury to the central nervous system.

October 29, 2013
Glenn Prestwich, BSc(Hons), PhD, CBiol, FIBiol

Dr. Glenn Prestwich is the Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Utah. He is also the Director for two Utah Centers of Excellence for technology commercialization: Center for Cell Signaling, and the Center for Therapeutic Biomaterials. Dr. Prestwich discusses his experience in translating cutting edge research from the bench to the bedside.

September 26, 2013
Michael Steketee, PhD

Dr. Michael Steketee is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, UPMC Eye Center and the Fox Center for Vision Restoration. Dr. Steketee discusses his research on tissue engineering and optic nerve regeneration.

August 29, 2013
Jeffrey Stern, MD, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey Stern is co-founder, Board Chair, and Director of Translational Research at the Neural Stem Cell Institute (NSCI) in Albany, New York. Dr. Stern discusses his research at NSCI, focusing on the retina.​

June 26, 2013
Jonathan Cheetham, VetMB, PhD, DACVS

Dr. Jonathan Cheetham is a Research Scientist in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Large Animal Surgery, at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cheetham discusses his research focusing on restoring function in the larynx, nasopharynx and trachea using tissue engineering, reinnervation and functional electrical stimulation techniques.

May 30, 2013
Andrew Duncan, PhD

Dr. Andrew Duncan is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Division of Experimental Pathology. Dr. Duncan discusses his research in liver development, homeostasis, and regeneration.

May 16, 2013
Cedric Blanpain, MD, PhD

Dr. Cedric Blanpain is full professor of Stem Cell and Development Biology and investigator of the WELBIO (Walloon Excellence in Life Science and Biotechnology) at the IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB.) Dr. Blanpain discusses his research in regulating stem cell fate decision during tissue homeostasis and repair as well as the implication of stem cells during cancer initiation and growth.

April 19, 2013
Ravi V. Bellamkonda, PhD

Dr. Ravi Bellamkonda is the Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, and he directs the Neurological Biomaterials and Cancer Therapeutics Laboratory. Dr. Bellamkonda discusses his research in cancer, wound healing, and nerve gap repair.​

March 28, 2013
Scott Nyberg, MD, PhD

Dr. Scott Nyberg is a professor of surgery and the director of the Artificial Liver Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Nyberg discusses his research in the treatment of liver failure and liver disease.

March 19, 2013
Geoff Gurtner, MD

Dr. Geoff Gurtner is a professor of surgery in the division of plastic surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Gurtner discusses his research in scar mitigation and wound healing.​
February 18, 2013
Stephen F. Badylak DVM, PhD, MD
Sgt. Ronald Strang

Dr. Stephen Badylak is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, a deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute. Dr. Badylak discusses an upcoming clinical trial involving muscle loss due to severe trauma. Former marine Sgt. Ronald Strang relates his experience as a recipient of the novel therapy.
January 1, 2013 
Michel Modo, PhD

Dr. Michel Modo is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Modo discusses his research in neuroimaging and stem cell therapy in relation to strokes.​

December 20, 2012
Yoram Vodovotz, PhD

Dr. Yoram Vodovotz is the Director of the Center for Inflammation and Regenerative Modeling. He is also a Professor of Surgery, Immunology, Computational and Systems Biology, Clinical and Translational Science, and Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Vodovotz discusses his research in wound healing and computational modeling.

November 30, 2012
George Christ, PhD

Dr. George Christ is a Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Translational Science, Urology and Physiology and Pharmacology Core Faculty Member at Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. Dr. Christ discusses his research in musculoskeletal tissue engineering as well as his work in bladder regeneration.

October 31, 2012
John Foster, BSc(Hons), PhD, CBiol, FIBiol

Dr. John Foster is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Foster discusses his research to produce an innovative technology for improved nerve repair by using a new surgical bioadhesive that overcomes the disadvantages associated with current surgical procedures.

September 28, 2012
Bruno Péault, PhD

Dr. Péault is Professor and Chair at the University of Edinburgh, Center for Vascular Science, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Péault discusses the use of stem cells in research and how far our knowledge of stem cells have come.​

August 30, 2012
Steven L. Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Dr. Steven Wolf is a Research Physiologist at the Atlanta Vision Loss Center and Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine. He is also Professor of Health and Elder Care in the Nell Woodruff Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. Wolf discusses his work in Regenerative Rehabilitation and the importance of educating clinicians in the field.​

July 29, 2012
Thomas Rando, PhD

Dr. Thomas Rando is the deputy director of the Stanford Center on Longevity at Stanford University and a professor with the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Rando discusses his research in muscle stem cell biology.​

June 28, 2012
Elia Beniash, PhD

Dr. Elia Beniash is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Biology. Dr. Beniash discusses his research in biogenic mineralized materials - such as those found in bones and teeth - as well as dentino-enamel interface.​

May 17, 2012
Anand Swaroop, PhD

Dr. Anand Swaroop is Senior Investigator and Chief at the Neurobiology Neurodegeneration Repair Laboratory, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Swaroop discusses his research in retinal and macular diseases and the progress his lab has made in the field.

April 27, 2012
Frank Witte, MD, PhD
Diego Mantovani, PhD
Prashant Kumta, PhD
Charles Sfeir, MD, PhD

Dr. Witte is the Director of Biomaterial Research at the Laboratory for Biomechnics and Biomaterials, Hannover Medical School in Germany; Dr. Mantovani is the Director at the Laboratoire de biomatériaux et bioingénierie at the L’Université Laval in Canada; Dr. Kumta is the Edward R. Weidlein Chair in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Sfeir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. The group discusses their research in biodegradable metals and potential clinical applications.

March 30, 2012
J. Peter Rubin, MD

Dr. Rubin is the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rubin discusses his upcoming clinical trials in facial and breast reconstruction.​

March 21, 2012
John Curci, MD, FACS

Dr. John Curci is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Vascular Surgery Section at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Curci discusses his research on abdominal aortic aneurysm.​

February 29, 2012
Adam Feinberg, PhD
Rachelle Palchesko, PhD

Dr. Adam Feinberg is the principal investigator of the Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Palchesko is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the group. Drs. Feinberg and Palchesko discuss the development of basement membranes and the regeneration of corneal endothelium.​
February 8, 2012
Pratap Khanwilkar, PhD

Dr. Pratap Khanwilkar is the Coulter Program Director and Visiting Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and Executive-In-Residence with the Office of Technology Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Khanwilkar discusses the Coulter Foundation and the role it plays in the research funding at the University of Pittsburgh.
December 19, 2011 
Philip LeDuc, PhD

Dr. Philip LeDuc is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with courtesy appointments in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Computational Biology. Dr. LeDuc discusses the role mechanical engineering plays in regenerative medicine as well as his project to make vegetables more palatable for malnourished infants and children.​

November 28, 2011
Robert Nerem, PhD

Dr. Robert Nerem is the Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair for Engineering in Medicine and Institute Professor at Georgia Tech. Dr. Nerem discusses advances made in tissue engineering and the direction in which the field is headed.

November 4, 2011
Harald Ott, MD

Dr. Harold Ott is at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and his interests are cardiac cell therapy and cardiac tissue engineering. Dr. Ott discusses his research in whole organ engineering, focusing on the heart.
October 20, 2011 
Laura Niklason, MD, PhD

Dr. Laura Niklason is the vice chair for research anesthesiology as well as a professor of anesthesiology and biomedical engineering at Yale University. Dr. Niklason discusses her research in arterial and lung tissue enginering and in whole organ engineering.​
October 20, 2011
Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD

Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, is a professor in the Department of Surgery, a deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute.  He discusses his pioneering research in whole organ engineering.​
August 4, 2011
Leonard I. Zon, MD

Dr. Leonard Zon is the Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Stem Cell Program, Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Zon discusses his research on the use of the zebrafish model for research into hematopoiesis and as a screen for oncogenic genes and proteins.​

July 8, 2011
Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT

Dr. Ambrosio is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the co-director of the Clinical Translation/Rehabilitation Lab of the Stem Cell Research Center.  Dr. Ambrosio discusses the upcoming symposium that aims to unite regenerative medicine and physical therapy.​

June 13, 2011
Eric Lagasse, PharmD, PhD 

Dr. Lagasse is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and the director of the Cancer Stem Cell Center, a joint venture between the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  Dr. Lagasse provides an update on his research in cell-based therapy for liver disease, including the recent success his lab has had in generating “mini livers” in the lymph nodes​
May 24, 2011
Cameron Riviere, PhD

Dr. Riviere is an Associate Research Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Riviere discusses his research in control systems and robotic devices, and the role these devices play in biomedicine, such as robotic and mechatronic devices for microsurgery and minimally invasive surgery, filtering methods for tremor and non-tremulous error, and high-precision instrumentation to track microsurgical tools.​
April 28, 2011
Maria Caruso

Ms. Maria Caruso is the founder and director of Bodiography Contemporart Ballet and the director of the dance department at La Roche College. Ms. Caruso discusses the link between art and science as well as the important role regenerative medicine has played in her work.
March 15, 2011
Yadong Wang, PhD

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Wang discusses his research in tissue engineering and his focus on exploring means to translate cutting-edge materials innovations into clinical benefits​
February 11, 2011
Prashant Kumta, PhD

Dr. Prashant Kumta is the Edward R. Weidlein Chair at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and is a professor in the Departments of BioEngineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. Kumta discusses his tissue engineering research, focusing on bone regeneration.​
January 7, 2011
Brandon Reines, DVM

Dr. Brandon Reines is a scientist and medical historian. He discusses the pioneering work of Dr. Robert Tuttle Morris, a surgeon who practiced in the late 19th century and who was years ahead of his time. He could be considered the grandfather of regenerative medicine.​
December 22, 2010
Christine Knott

Ms. Christine Knott is the Executive Director of Family House, a non-profit corporation operated by a voluntary board of directors that provides a special "home away from home" for patients and/or families who must travel to Pittsburgh for treatment of serious or life-threatening illnesses. Ms. Knott discusses the role Family House plays in assisting patients in need of treatment.​
November 19, 2010
Harvey Borovetz, PhD
Steven Winowich
Brian Williams

Dr. Borovetz and Steven Winowich discuss the early days of Ventricular Assist Devices, and Brian Williams recounts his experience as one of the pioneering patients.  Dr. Borovetz is a professor and chair in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, a professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and the Robert L. Hardesty Professor in the Department of Surgery as well as the Deputy Director of Artificial Organs and Medical Devices.  Mr. Winowich is the Senior Biomedical Engineer and Director of Operations at Vital Engineering​
November 5, 2010
Joanna Wysocka, PhD

Dr. Joanna Wysocka is Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Chemical and Systems Biology and of Developmental Biology at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Wysocka discusses her research in identifying the molecular cause of the human disorder CHARGE, as well as the epigenetic basis of development and differentiation.​
October 28, 2010
Charleen Chu, MD, PhD

Dr. Charleen Chu is Professor of Pathology, Division of Neuropathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Chu discusses her research in Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.  ​
September 8, 2010
Rocky S. Tuan, PhD

Dr. Rocky Tuan is the Director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Tuan discusses his research to regenerate and/or restore function to diseased and damaged musculoskeletal tissues.​
July 15, 2010
Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD

Dr. Thomas Starzl is a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and an expert in organ transplantation. He is considered by most to be the “Father of Modern Transplantation.” Dr. Starzl discusses the history of transplantation as well as the five themes he has identified within the field of transplantation.​
June 30, 2010
Peter DeComo

Mr. Peter DeComo is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ALung Technologies, Inc.​ Mr. DeComo discusses the goal of ALung to advance lung replacement therapy as well as the challenges it faces as it nears its goals.
June 15, 2010
Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD
Blair Jobe, MD

Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, is Professor in the Department of Surgery, deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute, and Blair Jobe, MD, is Associate Professor of surgery in the Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Together they discuss the recent successful use of tissue engineering in a non-invasive surgery to treat esophageal cancer as well as the potential benefits this technology holds for the future.​
May 28, 2010
W. P. Andrew Lee, MD

Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee is the former chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and the former director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship in the School of Medicine. Dr. Lee discusses the successful hand transplants recently performed by him as well as what he envisions for the future.​
April 30, 2010
Sam Rothstein

Mr. Sam Rothstein is a chemical engineering predoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Steven Little. He discusses the lab’s research on the mechanics of controlled release and mathematical model-driven methodology.​
March 30, 2010
Gregory Schultz, PhD

Dr. Gregory Schultz is Professor of Obstretrics and Gynecology in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Florida. Dr. Schultz discusses his research on wound healing and the challenges presented by bacterial biofilms.
February 26, 2010
Johnny Huard, PhD

Dr. Johnny Huard is the Henry J. Mankin Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery Research, the director of the Stem Cell Research Center, and the deputy director for cellular therapy at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Huard discusses adult stem cell research and the potential it has to provide future treatments for damaged or diseased tissues. He also reviews his research that is now matured to the point that clinical studies are underway.​
January 29, 2010
Thomas W. Gilbert, PhD

Dr. Gilbert is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interest are focused on the remodeling of biologic scaffolds for tissue-engineering based treatments, particularly relating to role of mechanical loading in the remodeling process.

He has directed and participated in pre-clinical studies relevant to orthopaedics, cardiac, and gastrointestinal applications. He discusses his current research programs targeting tracheal reconstruction (with a particular focus on epithelialization and mechanical integrity of the graft) and tissue engineering approaches to pediatric congenital heart defects. ​
December 22, 2009
Burhan Gharaibeh, PhD

Dr. Gharaibeh is a Research Assistant Professor at the Stem Cell Research Center in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gharaibeh discusses muscle derived stem cells and how to use these stem cells to regenerate and repair injured skeletal muscles. ​
November 30, 2009
Ellen Gawalt, PhD

Dr. Gawalt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquesne University. She is also the Chair of the Graduate Admissions and Recruitment and a member of the NSF-REU Advisory Board. Dr. Gawalt discusses her research in controlling interfacial regions through chemical modifications by using biomaterials and biofouling.​
November 17, 2009
Lorenzo Soletti, PhD

Dr. Soletti is the Director of Technology Development at Neograft Technologies, Inc. Dr. Soletti discusses technologies currently used in treating cardiovascular disease as well as a new technology called Angioshield that he and his colleagues at Neograft Technologies are developing.​
September 16, 2009
Robert Bowser, PhD

Dr. Robert Bowser is the Director of the ALS Research for the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and at the Center for ALS Research at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Director of the ALS Tissue Bank where he helps to create the largest such tissue repository in the country. Dr. Bowser discusses the state of neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s, as well as the unique challenges they present to researchers.​
August 27, 2009
Major General Gale Pollock

Major General Gale Pollock is the executive director of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration, a division of the UPMC Eye Center. Major General Pollock is with Corporal Mike Jernigan, a medically retired marine who lost both eyes in Iraq. They discuss the BrainPort vision system, which is currently being used by Corporal Jernigan, as well as its future.​
August 20, 2009
Bryan Tillman, MD, PhD

Dr. Bryan Tillman is an assistant professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medicine Center as well as a practicing clinician. Dr. Tillman discusses the applications of tissue engineering to construct replacement vessels for patients with peripheral vascular disease.​
July 24, 2009
Patrick Cantini

Mr. Patrick Cantini, Director of Scientific Collaborations at the McGowan Institute’s Center for Industry Relations, discusses the importance and the process of establishing partnerships between the McGowan Institute and commercial enterprises and how this aids the transition from the laboratory studies to medical practice.​
July 16, 2009
Robert Kormos, MD

Robert Kormos, MD, Director of the Artificial Heart Program, and Co-Director of Heart Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is with a former patient, Erika Haas. They discuss Erika’s experience with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) and how it was used as a bridge to recovery.​
June 30, 2009
Marie Csete, MD, PhD

Dr. Marie Csete is the Chief Scientific Officer at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Csete discusses the origin of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine as well as what she sees as the future of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies.
May 26, 2009
Simon Watkins, PhD
Donna Beer Stolz, PhD

Drs. Simon Watkins and Donna Beer Stolz discuss the many resources available at the Center for Biologic Imaging and the work that is done there.  Dr. Watkins is the Founder and Director of the Center for Biologic Imaging at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Stolz is the Assistant Director at the Center.​
April 22, 2009
Eric Beckman, PhD

Eric Beckman, PhD, is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and the co-founder of Cohera Medical, Inc.  Dr. Beckman discusses the technology that is being developed at Cohera Medical, Inc. as well as the difficulties faced when starting a small company.​
March 31, 2009
Peter Wearden, MD, PhD
Joel Gradowski, MD
Cindy Gradowski

Peter Wearden, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Director Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and a faculty member at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  Joining Dr. Wearden is Dr. Joel Gradowski and Cindy Gradowski, who together discuss their son’s recent cardiac treatment and recovery through the use of a ventricular assist device.​
January 23, 2009
Major General (ret.) Gale S. Pollock

Major General (ret.) Gale S. Pollock is the executive director of the nation’s first Center for Ocular Regeneration and Vision Restoration (CORVR), a division of the UPMC eye center.  Major General Pollock discusses her goals for CORVR as well as current studies being done to improve quality of life for those with eye injuries and blindness.​
January 2, 2009
Sanjeev G. Shroff, PhD

Sanjeev G. Shroff, PhD,  is the Associate Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh; Professor and Gerald McGinnis Chair in Bioengineering; Professor of Medicine; and Senior Investigator, Magee-Women’s Research Institute.  Dr. Shroff shares highlights of his scientific studies on vascular stiffness and cardiovascular function as well as large-scale mathematical simulations of biological systems for research, education, and engineering design.​
December 15, 2008
John Pollock, PhD

Dr. John Pollock is Associate Professor-Bayer School of Natural Sciences and Environment, Duquesne University. Dr. Pollock shares highlights of his scientific studies on the mechanisms of pain generation and possible techniques for improved pain management. He also describes the videos that he and his team produce to educate the general public and students on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.​
December 2, 2008
David Whitcomb, MD, PhD

Dr. David Whitcomb, Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Physiology, and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, discusses research that is pioneering alternative diagnosis and treatment for disorders of the pancreas, liver, and the intestine. Dr. Whitcomb is also the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, as well as the founder and Director of the Center for Genomic Sciences. ​
November 20, 2008
Vera Donnenberg, PhD

Dr. Vera Donnenberg is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Donnenberg’s research focuses on the persistent problem in cancer treatment which is cancer recurrence after an apparently successful therapy.  Cancer recurrence is mediated by a dormant and protected cancer stem/progenitor like cell. Her lab is focused on approaches that can be translated into and understanding the biologic basis for treatment failure and identifying new immunological therapeutic targets.  She introduces the concept of a cancer vaccine to address these needs.​
November 20, 2008
John Manzetti

Mr. John Manzetti is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG). Mr. Manzetti discusses the programs of the PLSG, and he also highlights the accomplishments and current initiatives of the PLSG.
September 29, 2008
Kerem Pekkan, PhD

Dr. Kerem Pekkan is an Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Pekkan discusses his research in biomedical and bio-fluid dynamics, cardiovascular flows and circulation.​
September 15, 2008
Steven Little, PhD

Dr. Steven Little is an Assistant Professor and Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow, Departments of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Immunology, and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Little’s focus is on the delivery of genetic vaccines with special emphasis on non-viral, particulate formulations. His current interests include controlled delivery for tissue engineering, immunotherapeutics, and biomimetic materials.​
September 4, 2008
Newell Washburn, PhD

Dr. Newell Washburn is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His primary research interests include wound healing and bone tissue engineering though the use of biomaterials.  Dr. Washburn discusses his current studies and shares his vision on the application of emerging technologies in these areas for clinical applications.​
August 8, 2008
Thomas Tillett

Mr. Thomas Tillett is the founding President and CEO of RheoGene. Mr. Tillett discusses his vision on the opportunities for gene therapy.
July 29, 2008
Joel Schuman, MD

Dr. Joel Schuman is the Eye and Ear Foundation Professor and Chairman of Department of Ophthalmology and the director of the UPMC Eye Center.  Dr. Schuman is considered to be one of the nation’s leading authorities on the treatment of glaucoma.  He discusses diagnostic imaging and describes a new initiative via the Center for Ocular Regeneration and Vision Restoration.​
June 26, 2008
Latha Satish, PhD

Dr. Latha Satish is a Research Assistant Professor, Scarless Wound Healing Program at the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute. Dr. Satish discusses scarless wound healing, with specific interest on identifying novel genes that are responsible for scarless wound healing.
June 6, 2008
Jörg C. Gerlach, MD, PhD

Dr. Joerg Gerlach discusses his work on the development of tools such as bioreactors for the expansion of cells so that sufficient cells are available for cell-based therapies.  Areas of focus include the pancreas and the liver. He also explores the development of “cell factories” for the production of cells from a patient’s bone marrow.  Another of Dr. Gerlach’s interests is cell-based burn therapy, which he describes.​
April 29, 2008
Kacey Marra, PhD

Dr. Kacey Marra discusses her research focused on the use of adipose-derived stem cells for the regeneration of nerve, bone, adipose, and cartilage. The lab uses adipose-derived stem cells for these bioengineering applications.  Also, Dr. Marra discusses her strong commitment to mentoring women and minorities in the career opportunities that are available in science and medicine.​
March 24, 2008
Steve Winowich

Mr. Steve Winowich, Director of Clinical Bioengineering with the Artificial Heart Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), describes a unique partnership between the clinical staff and a team of bioengineers and nurses who are a key component of a very successful program that provides mechanical circulatory support to patients that are waiting for a heart transplant. Supplemental circulatory support has been traditionally used as a bridge to a transplant, but there are also cases where the circulatory support has also been used as a bridge to recovery.​
March 1, 2008
Joan Schanck

Ms. Joan Schanck is the Director, Education and Workforce Development at the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI). PTEI’s educational programs provide a range of experiences and tools for those who are interested in science education.​ Ms. Schanck discusses the range of established programs and new initiatives at PTEI that provide opportunities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the capabilities and opportunities that tissue engineering and regenerative medicine offer.

February 15, 2008
Phil Campbell, PhD

Dr. Phil Campbell’s research is focused on the development of “tool sets” that will be resources for regenerative medicine research and clinical therapies.  In the podcast he discusses his work on methodologies and systems that will be required for cell expansion on a commercial vs. a research basis, and how his research is addressing those needs. 

He also shares some insight into the use of inkjet printing technologies to print tissue engineered constructs using “bio-inks” vs. the traditional inks used in such printers.  These tool sets are proving to be a significant resource in the study of cell growth on tissue engineered constructs.  Finally, Dr. Campbell discusses his strong commitment to science-based education: from elementary students to senior citizens.​

February 1, 2008
Alan Wells, MD, DMS

Dr. Alan Wells discusses his pioneering studies on tumor biology and wound healing. He shares insight into the basic science and to future clinical applications of his research. One of his interests is in the development of custom therapies, patient-by-patient, for certain illnesses, such as cancer.​
January 10, 2008
Eric Lagasse, PharmD, PhD 

Dr. Eric Lagasse discusses his pioneering research on the use of stem cells for liver therapy.  He also describes his research on the identification of cancer stem cells, and possible alternative cancer therapies if the hypothesis is affirmed that cancer stem cells are the source of the tumors and the reason for metastasis.​
December 24, 2007
Peter Wearden, MD, PhD

Dr. Peter Wearden discusses his pioneering clinical initiatives in pediatric cardiac care as well as his collaborative research in the development and assessment of pediatric mechanical circulatory support systems. He also shares his vision for the future with new procedures that could dramatically affect the treatments for children with cardiac afflictions. ​
November 27, 2007
Jennifer Braemar Ogilvie , MD

Dr. Jennifer Ogilvie discusses her clinical focus, endocrine surgery, and her current regenerative medicine research interests that focus on the development of tissue-engineered endocrine organs, in particular bioengineered parathyroid and adrenal glands. Also, her initial studies on the development of a tumor vaccine and her strong commitment to student mentoring are discussed. ​
November 1, 2007
SYIS-TERMIS North American Section Officers

The officers of the North American Chapter of the Students and Young Investigators Section of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (SYIS-TERMIS)reviews the vision and the operations of the Chapter and the benefits of students and post-doctoral fellows joining the Society.
October 17, 2007
David Vorp, PhD

Dr. David Vorp discusses the assessment of mechanical factors in the genesis and progression of vascular diseases such as arterial aneurysms, atherosclerosis, vascular graft failure, and the development of tissue-engineered blood vessels. He also describes some new initiatives, such as the use of tissue engineering to treat urethral dysfunction.​
September 30, 2007
David S. Smith, JD

Mr. David Smith of the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton LLP is a corporate lawyer who helps scientists transform their work from laboratory investigations into clinical products. Mr. Smith shares his insights on the essential items for early stage companies and business development strategies.
September 15, 2007
Kim S. Jones, PhD

Dr. Kim Jones is an Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University. Dr. Jones discusses the interactions between tissue engineering and the host response.
August 30, 2007
Anshu Mathur, PhD

Dr. Anshu Mathur is an Assistant Director for Research at the Laboratory of Reparative Biology and Bioengineering at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texis-Austin.​ Dr. Mathur discusses her research on elucidating the cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in tissue engineered constructs.
August 15, 2007
George Christ, PhD

Dr. George Christ is a professor at Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Christ discusses his research in functional genomics.​
July 30, 2007
Alejandro Nieponice, MD

Dr. Alejandro Nieponice discusses the Clinical Translation Unit within the operative room at the Austral University Hospital, providing full cell culture capabilities to facilitate clinical translation of cell-based technologies.​
July 15, 2007
Milica Radisic, PhD

Dr. Milica Radisic is an Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. Dr. Radisic discusses her studies related to functional tissue engineering.​

June 28, 2007
David G. Baer, PhD

Dr. David Baer is the Director of the Research Office at the Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas.  In the podcast, Dr. Baer discusses:

  • Mission of the Army includes operational medicine; aka sports medicine in the civilian world
  • Institute’s Focus on combat casualty care and traumatic injury
  • Interest in Regenerative Medicine to address severe injuries
  • The new medical challenges from the current conflict
  • The broad scope of the Institute from basic science to clinical studies
  • Training and career opportunities at ISR​
June 3, 2007
Michael Sacks, PhD

Dr. Michael Sacks discusses his work on the characterization of cardiac tissue and the various alternatives—now and in the future—for the repair of heart valves. ​
May 18, 2007
Bruno Peault, PhD

Dr. Bruno Peault discusses the status of his emerging results on the identification, characterization, and application of adult stem cells for therapeutic applications.​
April 30, 2007
Rory Cooper, PhD

Dr. Rory Cooper is the Chair and Distinguished University Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh. In this podcast, he highlights some of the promising initiates emerging from his laboratories and from the Quality of Life Technology Center.​
April 24, 2007
Ajit Yoganathan, PhD

Today, Dr. Ajit Yoganathan is the Regents Professor, Associate Chair for Research, and the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Yoganathan and discusses the development of artificial heart valves and the use of novel instrumentation, such as Doppler ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to non-invasively study blood flow patterns in the heart.
March 27, 2007
Stephen Badylak DVM, PhD, MD

Today, Dr. Badylak describes the work of his lab and collaboration with other colleagues to use tissue engineering to regenerate a diseased or damaged esophagus and technology that may lead to the regeneration of damaged or severed digits or limbs.​
February 28, 2007
Thomas R. Harris, MD, PhD

Dr. Thomas R. Harris is the Orrin Henry Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Harris discusses the development of learning science and learning technology for bioengineering.
February 15, 2007
Michael Chancellor, MD

Dr. Michael Chancellor is a Professor of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh as well as a practicing OBGYN. Dr. Chancellor is a Professor of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh as well as a practicing OBGYN.​
January 31, 2007
Robert Eberhart, PhD

Dr. Robert Eberhart is a Professor, Department of Engineering in Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Eberhart discusses the research that he and his colleagues are pursuing to bring to clinical practice a radically different design of an intravascular stent.
January 15, 2007
Yoram Vodovotz , PhD

Dr. Yoram Vodovotz discusses the research that he and his colleagues are pursuing to model inflammatory responses in the body. They have used these models to successfully predict the outcomes of drug trials.​

December 28, 2006
Alan J. Russell, PhD

Dr. Alan Russell, director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, addresses:

  • The history of the emergence of regenerative medicine, from over-hyped laboratory results, to failed medical devices, to successful clinical applications
  • The role of governments in the advancing the state-of- the-art and the clinical use of regenerative medicine technologies
  • Initiatives to assist soldiers (and, ultimately, the civilian population) who have suffered massive loss of tissue due to trauma
  • The status of the professional society that serves the scientists who are developing regenerative medicine technologies​

December 12, 2006
Mr. Peter DeComo

Mr. Peter DeComo is a co-founder of Renal Solutions, Inc. He describes an innovative dialysis system that people can use at home.

November 29, 2006
Doros Platika, MD

Dr. Platika is the chairman of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation and the former president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. Dr. Platika reviews the accomplishments of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and discusses his current position: helping to get funding to study the world's oldest people.

November 14, 2006
Ms. Shelley Zomak and Ms. Judi Vensak

Shelley Zomak and Judi Vensak are managers of Team Pittsburgh during the 2006 Transplant Games in Louisville, KY and also led the organization of the 2008 Transplant Games held in Pittsburgh. The pair discusses how they became involved in the Transplant Games, shares their experiences at the 2006 games, and describes what to expect from the 2008 Transplant Games.
October 27, 2006
William R. Wagner, PhD

Dr. William Wagner is working to reconstruct damaged arteries and veins with scaffolds, and is leading a team that is developing a tissue engineered cardiac patch that could help to strengthen heart muscle that has been damaged by a heart attack. Dr. Wagner also will tell us about his work to improve the interface between artificial devices and the body’s tissues, and about a new imaging technique his lab is working on that could help physicians view whether a transplanted heart has been rejected without performing a biopsy.​
October 11, 2006
Robert Kormos, MD

In this podcast, Dr. Kormos discusses the evolution of his program and the clinical use of artificial hearts, and he tells us how regenerative medicine will continue to transform the treatment of heart failure. ​
September 29, 2006
Harvey S. Borovetz, PhD

In this interview, Dr. Borovetz provides a retrospective look at the initial days of what has become a relatively routine clinical procedure to support a weakened heart with a ventricular assist device until a heart transplant can be implemented. Dr. Borovetz shares the progress that has been made in the engineering as well as the clinical procedures.  He also provides a glimpse at the future, sharing his vision on the emerging technology development that he is leading to provide equivalent cardiac care for infants and children.​
September 9, 2006
Peter Katona, ScD

Dr. Peter Katona, who served the Whitaker foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2006, will tell us about the full breadth of the Whitaker Foundation’s influence on the field of bioengineering, why its leaders chose to end the foundation’s run, and share his sage advice to young people considering bioengineering careers.​
August 31, 2006
William Federspiel, PhD

Dr. William Federspiel is developing devices that do some of the lungs’ critical work of adding oxygen to blood and removing carbon dioxide. ​
August 16, 2006
Kevin Shakesheff, PhD and Nicholas Rhodes , PhD

Dr. Kevin Shakesheff of the University of Nottingham is developing new scaffolds from a familiar material: polylactic acid, the same stuff that makes up absorbable sutures. Dr. Nicholas Rhodes of the University of Liverpool is prompting regeneration by harnessing and directing the body’s natural inflammatory response.
July 31, 2006
Malla Padidam, PhD and David S. Smith, JD

Dr. Malla Padidam of the biotech company RheoGene describes their gene switch, a molecule that can turn a gene on or off at a particular time to precisely guide the growth of transplanted tissues or cells. David S. Smith of the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton LLP is a corporate lawyer who helps scientists transform their work from laboratory investigations into clinical products.
July 15, 2006
Professor Jöns Hilborn and Dr. Ivan Martin

Professor Hilborn of the Department of Materials Chemistry at Sweden’s Uppsala University is engineering cells to produce customized extracellular matrices, which his lab uses as scaffolds to guide the growth of new bone – eventually for the repair of skull and dental defects in humans. Dr. Martin of the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland uses a bioreactor – a sort of incubator – to encourage the generation of cartilage and bone.
June 30, 2006
David Williams, DSc and Ms. Mary Ann Liebert

Dr. David Williams leads the United Kingdom Centre for Tissue Engineering (UKCTE). Ms. Mary Ann Liebert is the publisher more than 60 respected books and scientific journals.
June 15, 2006
Anthony Atala, MD

Dr. Anthony Atala is director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and chairman of the Department of Urology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Atala discusses his success in growing new bladders for seven patients with spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal column fails to completely close during fetal development.
May 31, 2006
Patrick E. Crago, PhD

Dr. Patrick E. Crago is the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Crago discusses ways to make the stimulated muscles act in a coordinated way so that people with spinal cord injuries can grasp objects.
May 15, 2006
Savio L-Y. Woo, PhD, DSc

Dr. Savio Woo and his team at the Muscular Skeletal Research Center (MSRC) are the important partners to the surgeons, developing a fundamental understanding of the function of the ACL and the other components of the knee.
April 26, 2006
Van C. Mow, PhD

Dr. Van Mow is the Stanley Dicker Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Bioengineering, and he is also the Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. Dr. Mow discusses laboratory-made tissues to see if they can function as natural tissues do.

April 4, 2006
Carolyn Green

Carolyn Green is the Director of the Office of Enterprise Development, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Green discusses the economics and philosophy of government-funded research.​

March 31, 2006
Andrés García, PhD

​Dr. Andrés García is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Garcia discusses his research on modern knee and hip replacement procedures.
March 13, 2006
Amit N. Patel, MD, MS

Dr. Amit N. Patel is the director of the Center for Cardiac Cell Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Patels discusses using adult stem cells to treat heart failure.

March 1, 2006
Frederick J. Schoen, MD, PhD

Dr. Frederick J. Schoen is a professor of pathology and health sciences and technology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schoen describes how regenerative medicine researchers are laying the foundation for working heart valves made of natural materials that won’t wear out before we do, and that can even grow along with the young patients they might help.

February 14, 2006
Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD

Dr. Stephen Badylak is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, a deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute.  He discusses extracellular matrix and its many uses.​

January 24, 2006
Alyssa Panitch, PhD

Dr. Alyssa Panitch is an Assistant Professor in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University. In this podcast she discusses her research into methods to improve regeneration of the central nervous system. ​

December 15, 2005
Alan J. Russell, PhD

Dr. Alan Russell is the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In this inaugural podcast, he discusses the current state of regenerative medicine and where it is headed in the future.​

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