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Correa Diego

Correa Diego

University of Miami
Miami, United States of America

Diego Correa MD, MSc, PhD currently holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor between the Department of Orthopaedics and the Diabetes Research Institute at University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His lab focuses on the Biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), and their potential application for musculoskeletal conditions and during islet cell transplantation in diabetic patients. Dr. Correa finished Medical School at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá (Colombia). During his medical practice, he enrolled in an MSc program in Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá (Colombia), where he started the research area of Tissue Engineering and received the Engineering School Fellowship. He then received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Yale University where he was recipient of the George Robert Pfeiffer Fellowship from the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation. Dr. Correa then moved to Harvard University where he completed his graduate dissertation. He then joined the laboratory of Arnold Caplan at Case Western Reserve University, as postdoctoral fellow and then as Sr. Research Associate, leading the projects related with the use of MSCs in the areas of Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering and the description of their role during the process of distant Cancer Metastasis. Throughout his career, Dr. Correa has approached Medicine and Science in a multidisciplinary manner, using the musculoskeletal system as a primary platform. He has analyzed it from various perspectives, including a clinical view of skeletal diseases, an engineering analysis of tissue mechanical properties, a basic science study of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of skeletal development using genetic models, and the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat skeletal diseases based on stem cell therapy. He is an expert in in MSC biology and their clinical applications in Regenerative Medicine. He holds various patents; is author and co-author of a significant number of scientific publications in recognized journals; serves on the editorial board and as peer reviewer of several recognized scientific journals and various national and international funding agencies (e.g.: CIRM); and is an invited speaker and lecturer in national and international scientific and medical meetings.

6 June (Thursday)