New association focuses on veterinary regenerative medicine

Published on April 15, 2010
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A recent conference resulted in the establishment of the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association, which seeks to advance the science and clinical application of stem cell therapies and other techniques in regenerative medicine.

"The association's goal is to facilitate scientific investigations with stem cells that are acquired from fat, bone marrow, and umbilical cord sources and to combine that knowledge with other regenerative medicine techniques that are designed to improve the health care of animals and humans alike," said Dr. Sean D. Owens, director of the University of California-Davis Regenerative Medicine Laboratory.

Organizers launched the NAVRMA during the first North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference, March 5-6 in California's Santa Ynez Valley. Coordinating the meeting were the UC-Davis Center for Equine Health; Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center of Los Olivos, Calif.; and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital of Lexington, Ky.

"The collaborative setting provided by gatherings such as this will facilitate growth in the field of regenerative medicine," said Dr. Douglas J. Herthel, a speaker at the meeting and the founder of Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center.

Nearly 300 researchers, veterinarians, and physicians from around the globe attended the conference. Dr. Gregory L. Ferraro, director of the UC-Davis Center for Equine Health, was the moderator. U.S. and Canadian experts in regenerative medicine gave formal presentations. Roundtable discussions between research scientists and practicing clinicians covered topics such as clinical trials and in-practice solutions.

"Regenerative medicine has our industry excited because it holds so much potential for treating conditions that were formerly thought to be untreatable," said Dr. John F. Peroni, a conference speaker and associate professor of large animal surgery at the University of Georgia.

Membership in the NAVRMA is open to researchers and clinicians. Membership information is available from Dr. Owens at sdowensatucdavis [dot] edu (sdo) or Dr. Ferraro at glferraroatucdavis [dot] edu.