2019 Conference Program

Preliminary Program

“One-Health Regenerative Medicine – Improving Human and Animal Health”

Niagara-on-the-Lake – Queen’s Landing Hotel


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Sunday, September 8

3:00 PM – 8:00 PMRegistration open
6:00 PM – 8:00 PMOpening keynote lecture and reception: “Perspectives on One-Health Regenerative Medicine”

  • Lisa Fortier (Cornell University; Past-President, The International Cartilage Repair Society)
  • Daniel Weiss (University of Vermont; Chief Scientific Officer, The International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy)
  • Boaz Arzi (Director, University of California Davis Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures)
  • Andras Nagy (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Stem Cells and Regeneration)

Open to the public.
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Monday, September 9

Monday morning 
8:00 AM – 4:00 PMRegistration open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMBreakfast at the hotel (Tiara Restaurant)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMKeynote and invited speaker presentations
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMPlenary Speaker I – Andras Nagy (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute): “Engineering a Universal Cell for Cell and Tissue Replacement”
9:30 AM – 10:00 AMDean Betts (University of Western Ontario): “Canine Pluripotent Stem Cells – Progress, Hurdles, and Opportunities”
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMCoffee break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMSelected oral presentations
10:30 AM – 10:45 AMDori L. Borjesson: “Immune Profiles of Cats with Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis Prior to and After Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy” (View abstract)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AMChad B. Maki: “A Novel, Proprietary Intravenous Delivery Solution Sustains Feline Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Viability and Function for 7 Days at Cold Temperature” (View abstract)
11:00 AM – 11:15 AMMasataka Enomoto: “Biological Hip Resurfacing for Osteoarthritis Treatment in a Canine Model” (View abstract)
11:15 AM – 11:30 AMCandace Flynn: “Agreement Analysis for a Novel Protocol in Measuring Change in Bone Volume Using Serial CT and a Sheep Model of Osteoarthritis” (View abstract)
11:30 AM – 11:45 AMChad B Maki: “Intra-articular Administration of Allogeneic Adipose Derived MSCs Reduces Pain and Lameness in Dogs with Hip Osteoarthritis: A Multicentered, Double Blinded, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Pilot Study” (View abstract)
11:45 AM – 12:00 PMKylee Merrill: “Platelet Growth Factor Release in Equine Platelet-rich Plasma After Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Administration” (View abstract)
Monday afternoon 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch at the hotel (Tiara Restaurant)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMNAVRMA board meeting (Scarlet Boardroom)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PMInvited speaker presentations
1:00 PM – 1:30 PMBoaz Arzi (University of California Davis): “Update on Regenerative Approach for Mandibular Reconstruction”
1:30 PM – 2:00 PMValerie Johnson (Colorado State University): “Using Preactivated MSC to Treat Multi-Drug Resistant Infections in Dogs”
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Small animal panel discussion

Panel Discussion of Best Practices in Small Animal Regenerative Medicine
Panelists include: Boaz Arzi, Valerie Johnson, and Sherman Canapp. Moderated by Tracy Webb

3:00 PM – 3:30 PMAfternoon break
3:30 PM – 4:00 PMMohit Kapoor (Krembil Research Institute, Toronto): “Novel Therapeutic Strategies to Counteract Cartilage Destruction during Osteoarthritis”
4:00 PM – 5:30 PMPoster judging session
6:00 PM – 10:00 PMNAVRMA dinner at Chateau des Charmes (presented by Ontario Racing)


Tuesday, September 10

Tuesday morning 
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMBreakfast in the conference center with sponsors presentations
8:30 AM – 8:45 AMLisa Stehno-Bittel (Likarda): “An Injectable Cell Delivery System that Maintains Cell in a Discrete Area for Enhanced Function” (View abstract)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMInvited speaker presentations
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMDaniel Weiss (University of Vermont): “Current Advances in Lung Regenerative Medicine”
9:30 AM – 10:00 AMSowmya Viswanathan (University of Toronto): “Engineering Canine, Equine and Human MSC for Osteoarthritis”
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMCoffee break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMSelected oral presentations
10:30 AM – 10:45 AMAileen Rowland: “Allo-Recognition of Equine Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells is Dependent on Major Histocompatibility Complex Haplotype” (View abstract)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AMLynn Pezzanite: “Amikacin Cytotoxicity on Equine Joint Cells and Mesenchymal Stromal Cells” (View abstract)
11:00 AM – 11:15 AMLauren V. Schnabel: “Development of a Novel In-Vivo Equine Model System to Define the Role of the Tendon Inflammatory Cytokine Environment on the Timing and Efficacy of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Treatment” (View abstract)
11:15 AM – 11:30 AMHamed Alizadeh: “Development of Biomarkers for Use in Prediction of Equine MSC Cultures with High Chondrogenic Potency” (View abstract)
11:30 AM – 11:45 AMRebecca Harman: “Using Single Cell RNA-Sequencing to Define the Heterogeneity of Equine MSC” (View abstract)
11:45 AM – 12:00 PMRamés Salcedo-Jiménez: “Effect of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Equine Umbilical Cord Blood Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Vitro” (View abstract)
Tuesday afternoon 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch at the hotel (Tiara Restaurant)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMInvited speaker presentations
1:00 PM – 1:30 PMJudith Koenig (Ontario Veterinary College): “Experiences and Perspectives of Using Equine MSC at the Ontario Veterinary College”
1:30 PM – 2:00 PMLisa Fortier (Cornell University): “Amnion-Derived Products – What Are They and How Do They Work?”
2:00 PM – 3:00 PMSelected oral presentations
2:00 PM – 2:15 PMKyla Ortved: “Sustained Interleukin-10 Transgene Expression Following Intra-Articular AAV5-IL-10 Administration in Horses” (View abstract)
2:15 PM – 2:30 PMAileen Rowland: “Xenogen-Free Stem Cell Preparation Enhances Safety and Efficacy” (View abstract)
2:30 PM – 2:45 PMCharlotte Beerts: “A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Proof-of-Concept Study Evaluating Equine Chondrogenic-Induced Mesenchymal Stem Cells As A Treatment For Osteoarthritis” (View abstract)
2:45 PM – 3:00 PMCharlotte Marx: “The Antimicrobial Properties of Equine Mesenchymal Stromal Cells as a Biological Alternative to Antibiotics” (View abstract)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PMAfternoon break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Equine panel discussion

Panel Discussion of Best Practices in Equine Regenerative Medicine
Panelists include: Lisa Fortier, Ashlee Watts, Mark Revenaugh, and Scott Hopper. Moderated by Laurie Goodrich.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PMPoster judging session
6:00 PM – 8:00 PMDinner at the conference center


Wednesday, September 11

Wednesday morning 
9:00 AM – 11:30 AMInvited speaker presentations
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMMichael Kallos (University of Calgary): “Scaling Up Cell Production for Clinical Trials”
9:30 AM – 10:00 AMLauren Flynn (University of Western Ontario): “Dynamic Culture Systems to Enhance the Regenerative Capacity of Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells”
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMCoffee break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMGraham Parker (Editor-in-Chief, Stem Cells and Development): “Publishing from an Editor’s Perspective – Common Pitfalls and How to Get Your Work Published”
11:00 AM – 11:30 AMLynne Boxer (Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA): “FDA Regulation of Animal Cells, Tissues, and Cell- and Tissue-Based Products”
11:30 AM – 12:00 PMAwards and meeting adjournment