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Regenerative Engineering


Programs offered by the Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE)

Regenerative Engineering Training Program (RE-Training)

The Re-Training program is a convergence research predoctoral training program that aims to offer an integrated curriculum, industrial, and clinical experiences at the intersection of materials science, stem cell and developmental biology, physical sciences, and translational medicine.

Grants for the Validation of Regenerative Engineering Technologies in Preclinical models:

These grants will help cover expenses associated with testing the safety and/or efficacy of tools, technologies or candidate products in preclinical models that are relevant to first in human studies by independent, third party contract research organizations, academic, or corporate research organizations.

Regenerative Engineering Convergence Awards (RE-Convergence Award):

These awards are designed to enable the acquisition of a new competency in one of the convergence areas of regenerative engineering (advanced materials science, stem cell and developmental biology, physical sciences, translational medicine). They will also address the dearth of medical professionals and physician/scientists trained in preclinical models, which are critical to regenerative engineering solutions and technologies. Expenses that would be covered include travel and housing accommodations to another research institution or company, fees for courses or training, stipend or per diem for the awardee’s living expenses, and supplies for materials and reagents for the project. Awardees must be co-mentored by at least two CARE faculty members with complementary expertise.

The Convergence Award Programs Expectations

  • Train medical students, fellows, and residents interested in regenerative engineering on the establishment of preclinical animal models that can evaluate regenerative engineering technologies. The award will help cover expenses associated with learning the implementation of a new preclinical model for a disease or medical condition, whose outcome can be improved via regenerative engineering technology developed through CARE.
  • Train engineering students (BS, MS and PhD) and post-doctoral associates interested in integrating nanotechnology, biomaterials science, or physical sciences with stem cell and developmental biology to restore tissue and organ functions. One of the mentors must have expertise in stem cell and/or developmental biology.
  • Train pre-doctoral biosciences students or post-doctoral associates with backgrounds in stem cell and developmental biology on how to integrate engineering, nanotechnology, biomaterials science, or physical sciences into their stem cell or developmental biology backgrounds to restore tissue and organ function.

Internships and Sabbaticals in Regenerative Engineering:

These awards aim to promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, and competencies to enhance the development of the regenerative engineering field and workforce. Funds will be used to help offset living expenses for students that go on to engage in internships at companies affiliated with CARE, faculty from non-CARE institutions that are interested in doing a sabbatical on regenerative engineering research with a CARE member, industry representatives that are interested in collaborations with CARE.

The Competition for Undergraduate Regenerative Engineering (CURE) Club (for students):

This is a student-run organization whose mission is to challenge the innovation and technical skills of student interdisciplinary teams to tackle medical problems or challenges using regenerative engineering solutions.

Product Development and Regulatory Assistance for Regenerative Engineering Technologies:

This program will provide funds to pay a development or quality systems engineer or consultant, or a regulatory consultant, to help establish feasibility and a path to the commercialization of promising regenerative engineering technologies developed through CARE.

Regenerative Engineering Dissemination Awards:

These awards are designed to help promote regenerative engineering technology and impact worldwide. Funds will be used to help strengthen intellectual property position of CARE-derived or associated technologies, sponsor symposia on regenerative engineering at national meetings of professional societies, establish regenerative engineering collaborations abroad.

Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Summer Research Program:

This seven week Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) summer research program is offered to eight students who work as researchers at the Center for Advance Regenerative Engineering to contribute to the EFRI project.

The vision of the EFRI project is to integrate nanoscale optical imaging, cell and molecular biology, physics, and advanced materials science to identify strategies that regulate chromatin supranucleosomal structure to enhance the adaptive potential of eukaryotic cells and help induce cellular stemness, with the ultimate goal of facilitating tissue regeneration and function. The overall goal of this EFRI project in support of this vision is to develop new concepts and tools for enhancing cellular plasticity by examining the role of chromatin structure as a regulator of non-replicative cell adaptability through the exploration of the transcriptional landscape.

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