2016 NAVRMA Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Arnold CaplanDr. Arnold Caplan, widely regarded as “the father of the mesenchymal stem cell,” is Professor of Biology and General Medical Sciences (Oncology) and Director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University, where he’s worked and taught since 1969.

Dr. Caplan is a national and international scholar focusing on experimentation in the area of musculoskeletal and skin development. He has trained over 150 researchers and published over 400 papers and manuscripts. He has long been supported by the NIH and other non-profit and for-profit agencies for his efforts in trying to understand the development, maturation and aging of cartilage, bone, skin and other mesenchymal tissues and for his pioneering research on Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

Dr. Caplan has received a number of awards including the Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award given by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as part of their 1990 Kappa Delta Awards Program, the 1999 Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research given by the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Genzyme Lifetime Achievement Award given by the International Cartilage Repair Society in 2007, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and is an Inaugural Member of the “Pioneers of Innovation” chosen by the Advocacy Committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society, March 2014.

Dr. Caplan received his B.S. in Chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. View Dr. Caplan’s CV