On March 2 and 3, 2017, more than 100 cardiovascular researchers and biomedical engineers attended the 2017 Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering (CVTE) Workshop and Symposium at UAB. The event was part of the National Hearth, Lung, and Blood Institute's Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium (PCBC), and it was held over two days at the UAB Hill Student Center (day 1) and the UAB Alumni House (day 2).
March 2-3, 2017
The goal of CVTE 2017 was to identify novel potential CVTE therapy products and to discuss new approaches to repair a damaged heart and vasculature. Significant advances in our understanding of how to coax stem cells towards a cardiovascular cell fate as well as scaffold technologies have made it possible to now consider when and how for these CVTE products are ready for clinical trials. A major goal of this 2nd annual workshop was to organize a Consensus Conference on Cardiac Patch Tissue Engineering aimed for biologists, engineers, and clinician-scientists to converge and conduct translational research related to cardiac repair or regeneration.