It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 13th International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science (IFATS) Conference at the JW Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. Building on our twelve previous successful conferences, we hope to facilitate meaningful interactions between clinicians and basic science investigators in the field of adipose therapeutics, while providing a platform for attendees to learn about advancing technologies in this rapidly evolving field.
A highlight of the meeting will be a special symposium on Adipose Stem Cells for Orthopedic Applications on Thursday, November 5th. We are fortunate to have Dr. Rocky Tuan from the University of Pittsburgh Chairing this symposium. He heads a panel that includes: Dr. Nina Tandon of EpiBone, Dr. Elizabeth Loboa from North Carolina State University, Dr. Warren Grayson from Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Ming Pei from the University of West Virginia. I would like to thank each of the speakers for their participation in this important symposium.
Another session will focus on regulatory issues and approval for clinical use of adipose tissue and adipose stem cells. Speakers in this session include a representative from the Food and Drug Administration, regulatory experts, and IFATS members from both academic and corporate environments. The session will feature a panel discussion to address specific questions from meeting attendees.
Additional highlights include state-of-the-art topics presented by our Keynote speakers. Rocky Tuan will discuss the use of adult stem cells for orthopedic applications. Steven Farmer from Boston University will focus on adipose tissue as a metabolic organ. Malcom Maden from The University of Florida will present mammalian organ regeneration.
The panel discussion sessions combined with free paper and poster presentation sessions, and other more informal opportunities, will provide ample time for conference attendees to exchange ideas with one another, and potentially provide a global perspective on currently available and future adipose stem cell applications.
I would also like to welcome and thank our exhibiting companies and sponsors for their support. This excellent educational program could not be provided without their invaluable contributions.
On behalf of the IFATS Board of Directors, we look forward to another successful meeting and to welcoming you to New Orleans. With world-class dining, music, and entertainment options all within walking distance of the meeting venue, the city of New Orleans extends its hospitality in a unique and fulfilling way.
As we say down here, “Laissez les bon temps roulez” (Let the good times roll!).
Bruce A. Bunnell, PhD