8:15                  Registration and light breakfast

8:50                  Welcome

9:00                   Keynote: FDA Expedited Pathways and Regenerative Advanced Therapy Designation
Tejashri Purohit-Sheth, US Food and Drug Administration

Session 1: Stem Cell Therapies in Cardiovascular Medicine

Conveners:  John Cooke, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Jane Grande-Allen, Rice University

 9:30                 Interventional Strategies to Delay Aging Related Diseases & Conditions of the Musculoskeletal System
Johnny Huard, Steadman Philippon Research Institute

10:00                 Stem Cell Therapy for Congestive Heart Failure
Emerson Perin, Texas Heart Institute

10:20                 RNA-enhanced NextGen Cell Therapies                              John Cooke, Houston Methodist Research Institute

10:40                 Selected Abstract: Zebrafish hoxb5b, a Posterior Hox Factor, Increases Neural Crest Localization and Migratory Extent During Embryogenesis
Adam Howard, Rice University

10:50                 Break

Session 2: Stem Cell Therapies in Neuroregeneration

Conveners: Phil Horner, Houston Methodist Research Institute  Laura Smith Callahan, University of Texas Health Science Center

11:05                Targeting CSPG Signaling in HUMAN iPSC Neural Grafts for SCI Repair
Ying Liu, University of Texas Health Science Center

11:35              Methodical Reconstruction of Human Neural Networks with Pluripotent Stem Cells
Robert Krencik, Houston Methodist Research Institute

 11:55               Selected abstract: In Vivo Imaging Demonstrates Posterior to Anterior Pattern of Early Neuronal Differentiation in the Zebrafish Enteric Nervous System
Philip Baker, Rice University

 12:05               Data blitz – 1 min invitations to posters

12:20                Lunch and poster session

1:30               Poster Session (presenters at posters)

2:30   Session 3: Cell-Based Therapies for Tissue Engineering of Digestive Tissues

Conveners:  Cindy Farach-Carson, University of Texas Health Science Center
Mary Estes , Baylor College of Medicine

   2:30                Engineering a Stem-Cell Based Salivary Gland Neotissue for Relief of Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
Cindy Farach-Carson, University of Texas Health Science Center

2:55                Stem-Cell Based Intestinal Organoid Cultures for Understanding Gastrointestinal Infections and Repair
Mary Estes, Baylor College of Medicine

3:15                Clonogenic Epithelial Cell Variants Drive Inflammation and Fibrosis in Pediatric Crohn’s
Frank McKeon, University of Houston

3:35                Break

4:00  Keck Seminar: Clinical and Commercial Application of Scaled Human Stem Cell Derivates
Hans Keirstead, AIVITA Biomedical


5:00    Reception