Texas Aging and Longevity Center

Fabrisia Ambrosio, Ph.D., MPT Talk on 3/1 at 1 pm

CARE will host a talk by Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio from the University of Pittsburgh on 3/1/19 at 1 pm in SEA 4.244.

Fri, March 1, 2019

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Fabrisia Ambrosio, Ph.D., MPT Talk on 3/1 at 1 pm

On March 1st, Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio will be presenting "Regenerative Rehabilitation: Applied mechanobiology meets stem cell therapeutics."

Stem cells interpret mechanical forces in a broad spectrum of ways that can affect their behavior and, ultimately, their ability to drive tissue regeneration. Technological innovations and a deepened mechanistic understanding of how biophysical signals influence stem cell function and tissue regeneration have naturally turned attention to the clinical field with foundations in the application of physical and electrical stimuli to promote functional restoration-rehabilitation. Regenerative Rehabilitation is the integration of principles and approaches from the fields of rehabilitation science and regenerative medicine. A better understanding of the synergistic effect of rehabilitation approaches and regenerative medicine technologies has the potential to propel the translation of regenerative technologies into functionally-relevant treatment interventions for a host of pathologies.

In this lecture, Dr. Ambrosio will introduce the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation and will highlight the potential of this field to open a new population of patients for rehabilitation clinicians. She will present evidence to demonstrate that the application of modalities or graded exercise programs can help to integrate donor stem cell and tissue engineering transplants in a functional way. Finally, Dr. Ambrosio will highlight gaps in our knowledge and the need for future research to better elucidate and optimize Regenerative Rehabilitation protocols.

Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio is the Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ambrosio's research has the long-term goal of developing Regenerative Rehabilitation approaches to improve the skeletal muscle healing and functional recovery. Her research is funded by the NIH, the DOD, and Foundation for Physical Therapy, among others.


Sponsored by: CARE

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