Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 6

Keynote Address

Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall
7:00 p.m.

Welcome: President Nora Miller, The W

Introduction of Speakers: Dr. Brian Anderson, Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, & Education, The W

The Art and Science of Building a Beating Heart

A conversation with

Dario Robleto

Mr. Dario Robleto
Visiting Scholar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Dario Robleto

Dr. Doris A. Taylor
Director, Regenerative Medicine Research, Texas Heart Institute


Q&A to follow




Friday, February 7

Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall

Dr. Taylor

8:00 a.m. Symposium Welcome Introduction

Doris A. Taylor, Ph.D., Hon D.Sc., FAHA, FESC

Lecture: Stem Cells 101



Dr. Sampaio

8:30 a.m.

Luiz C. Sampaio, MD

Director Center for Preclinical Surgical and Interventional Research, Cullen Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratories and Associate Medical Director, Regenerative Medicine Research, Texas Heart Institute

Lecture: Evidence-Based Stem Cell Therapy: Stem Cells and Cancer



Dr. Farach-Carson

9:00 a.m.

Mary. C. Farach-Carson, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical/Translational Research and Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry

Lecture: Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine Therapy: Opportunities and Challenges




Dr. Panoskaltsis-Mortari


Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Ph.D.

Vice Chair for Research and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota Medical School; Director, University of Minnesota 3D Bioprinting Facility

Lecture: New Stem Cell Therapies and Beyond/3D Printing with Stem Cells




10:00 a.m.



Dr. Gaudet

10:15 a.m.

Jaime Gaudet, DNPc, MSN, FNP-C

W alum and clinical practice manager for Gulf Coast Orthopedics, Houma, La.

Lecture: Stem Cells in Orthopedics





Mr. Bales

10:45 a.m.

David Bales

Co-founder and president of Texans for Cures, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, that advocates for stem cell research, regenerative medicine, and immunotherapy strategies

Lecture: Right to Try and Stem Cell Clinics


11:15 a.m.

Dr. Doris A. Taylor

Lecture: Considering Stem Cell Treatment? What You Need to Know


11:45 a.m.

All Panelists

Lecture: Roundtable: What will the Next 10 Years of Stem Cell Research Bring?




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