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February 22, 2016

ChandanSenCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Academic leaders, industry experts and partners, thought leaders, scientists, educators, healthcare providers, case managers, administrators and members of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will gather at The Ohio State University in March to share the latest innovations in military medicine.

The 2016 Translational to Clinical (T2C) Regenerative Medicine Wound Care Conference, hosted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Wound Center and Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies (CRMCBT) and Healogics, will be March 17-19 at the Ohio Union, on the campus of Ohio State.

“Solutions in tissue repair and regenerative medicine require productive multidisciplinary team science and represent a major cornerstone in military medicine,” said Dr. Chandan Sen, director of the CRMCBT and executive director of the Comprehensive Wound Center at Ohio State’s Medical Center.

This year’s theme centers on the management, treatment and prevention of chronic wounds, which affect 6.5 million patients yearly in the U.S. and cost in excess of $25 billion annually. Specifically, the conference will feature presentations by 50 national experts covering stem and progenitor cells, inflammation, angiogenesis, biomaterials, limb salvage, organ engineering, military regenerative medicine, wound care and prosthetics.

“The need for post-surgical wound care is sharply on the rise. Emergency wound care in an acute setting has major significance, not only in a war setting, but also in homeland preparedness against natural disasters, as well as against terrorism attacks,” said Sen, also associate dean of research in Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

Day one lectures will highlight DoD-directed regenerative medicine research initiatives presented by top visiting speakers from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Ohio State’s Mission CAIRRS, which is a consortium created for advancing innovations in restorative and regenerative medicine solutions.

Day two keynote speaker will be Dr. Joseph Vacanti, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, director of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication, co-director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and chief of pediatric transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Also, the Second Annual Industry Summit will focus on emerging solutions in wound care technology and applications, with opportunity for clinicians to rate a product and its potential by using an audience response system.

Day three will feature leading physician-researchers, who will discuss best practices and advancements in wound care, as well as a wound care nursing track.

“It’s exceptionally rare to have a broad range of academic, military and industry representatives gathered all at once to discuss and get oriented with DoD-directed research. It’s an honor to host these military experts, and it’s very crucial to learning about specific DoD needs while serving our nation during conflict,” Sen said.

For more information about registration and the conference program, go to: go.osu.edu/t2c2016.

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Contact: Sherri Kirk, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu.