Effective tissue repair is critical to promote and ensure health. Why some organisms and tissues heal by regeneration whereas others replace the damaged tissue by a scar, remains largely unexplained. Also, the role of immune cells and fibroblasts is not resolved. Further, what is altered during senescence to impact physiological regeneration and injury responses, and how are these targets best modulated to slow aging and to treat disease?
To address those questions it needs new methodologies, experimental models and concepts. But even more important, it requires scientific discourse, networking and exchange among scientists and clinicians of different disciplines. Likewise, education of the next generation of clinician scientists that translates bench-discoveries into the clinic to develop approaches to regenerate human tissues and to enhance endogenous regenerative capacity to restore organ function is of critical importance.
The International Society for Regenerative Biology provides a new opportunity to actively exchange the latest ideas and to foster potential cross-disciplinary collaborations among Regenerative Biology and Clinical Translation.
The formal launch of the Society will be at a virtual meeting April 8 and 9, 2021. The meeting will serve as a membership launch and chance to see great talks on regeneration.
This meeting is also an opportunity for students and postdocs to submit abstracts to be selected for talks and to participate in breakout sessions. The deadline for student and postdoc abstract submission is March 4.
Please take a moment and look at the website, isrbio.org, which links to the April meeting website. We also describe the ISRB in an Editorial published in Development this week. We hope many of you will consider joining the ISRB and encourage your trainees to join and participate.
With kind regards,