RMT Podcast #143 – Bryan Brown, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes back Dr. Bryan Brown. Dr. Brown is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Brown discusses the upcoming second annual Regenerative Medicine Summer School.

For more information about Dr. Brown, click here.

For more information about the regenerative medicine summer school, click here.

Host John Murphy.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:

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RMT Podcast #104 – Pratap Khanwilkar, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Pratap Khanwilkar, PhD. Dr. Khanwilkar is the Coulter Program Director and Visiting Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and Executive-In-Residence with the Office of Technology Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Khanwilkar discusses the Coulter Foundation and the role it plays in the research funding at the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information about Dr. Khanwilkar, click here.

For more information about the Coulter Foundation, click here.

Host John Murphy.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:
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RMT Podcast #69 – Marie Csete, MD, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Marie Csete, MD, PhD.  Dr. Csete is the Chief Scientific Officer at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  Dr. Csete discusses the origin of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine as well as what she sees as the future of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies.

For more information about the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, please click here.

Host John Murphy.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:
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RMT Podcast #24 – Alan Russell, PhD

As Regenerative Medicine Today celebrates its first anniversary, we welcome back our first guest from December 2005: Dr. Alan Russell, director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

As a pioneer of and expert in regenerative medicine, Dr. Russell is well qualified to comment on the status and future of this fascinating and rapidly emerging field . In this podcast, Dr. Russell addresses:

  • the history of the emergence of regenerative medicine, from over-hyped laboratory results, to failed medical devices, to successful clinical applications;
  • the role of governments in the advancing the state-of- the-art and the clinical use of regenerative medicine technologies;
  • initiatives to assist soldiers (and, ultimately, the civilian population) who have suffered massive loss of tissue due to trauma, and;
  • the status of the professional society that serves the scientists who are developing regenerative medicine technologies.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:

McGowan Institute Research Site
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RMT Podcast #22 – Doros Platika, MD

How do you turn a rust belt city into a world leader in biotechnology? Doros Platika, MD, has some ideas. Until December 1, 2006, Dr. Platika served as the president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a public/private partnership that invests in and supports the growth of life sciences companies in the Pittsburgh region with products in bioinformatics, bionanotechnology, diagnostics, medical devices, medical robotics, therapeutics, and related tools and services. In this podcast, you’ll hear Dr. Platika review the accomplishments of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, and he’ll talk about his new job: helping to get funding to study the world’s oldest people.

Dr. Platika is the chairman of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation, a new organization designed to raise funding for studies of supercentenarians, or people who have lived more than 110 years. Dr. Platika wants to know: Why have the very aged survived as long as they have? Are they less susceptible to the common diseases that slow down the rest of us? Ultimately, Dr. Platika hopes the foundation will contribute to the discovery of products that help people fight degenerative and other conditions associated with aging and maintain their mobility and quality of life.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:

McGowan Institute Research Site
McGowan Institute Patient Site
McGowan Institute on Facebook
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RMT Podcast #17 – Peter Katona, MD

Fifty years ago, Uncas Whitaker – the founder of the Harrisburg, PA-based electrical connector company AMP — foresaw what engineers could do for medicine and human health. In 1975, he established a nonprofit foundation to help advance medical science and heal the sick and injured.

Until its planned closing in summer 2006, the Whitaker Foundation contributed more than $700 million to various universities and medical schools, primarily to support biomedical engineering education and research. The foundation helped to create 30 biomedical engineering programs and helped finance the construction of 13 university buildings, many of them subsequently bearing the name Whitaker in some form.

In podcast #17, Dr. Peter Katona, who served the Whitaker foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2006, will tell us about the full breadth of the Whitaker Foundation’s influence on the field of bioengineering, why its leaders chose to end the foundation’s run, and share his sage advice to young people considering bioengineering careers. (Dr. Katona ought to know: nearly 1,500 young researchers began their careers with Whitaker Foundation funding.) For more on the Whitaker Foundation, visit their web site.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:

McGowan Institute Research Site
McGowan Institute Patient Site
McGowan Institute on Facebook

RMT Podcast #7 – Carolyn Green

This podcast is required listening for anyone who looks at an academic medical center and sees only a large hospital.

According to Carolyn Green, Director of the Office of Enterprise Development, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, publicly-funded research institutions like medical centers are important natural resources that stimulate knowledge and economies. In this podcast, Ms. Green discusses the economics and philosophy of government-funded research, answering questions like:

  • Why does an academic medical center conduct research?
  • Why does the government fund that research with our tax dollars?
  • What happens to the discoveries that are made as a result?
  • How is a scientific discovery transformed into a medical treatment?
  • What makes industry investors want to develop a discovery into a cure?
  • Where does regenerative medicine fit in?

To learn more about the Office of Enterprise Development at the University of Pittsburgh, see their web site.  To learn more about these issues and opportunities in the translation of scientific research into viable products, Ms. Green suggests the web sites of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:
McGowan Institute Research Site
McGowan Institute Patient Site
McGowan Institute on Facebook

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RMT Podcast #1 – Alan Russell, PhD

Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Dr. Alan Russell. Dr. Russell is the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In this inaugural podcast, he discusses the current state of regenerative medicine and where it is headed in the future.

Hosts John Murphy and Leah Kauffman

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:

McGowan Institute Research Site
McGowan Institute Patient Site
McGowan Institute on Facebook

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