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Inaugural Vail Scientific Symposium


VAIL Colo. Aug. 26 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) and Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) brought some of the nation's top scientists and physicians to speak at the inaugural Vail Scientific Summit Regenerative & Translational Medicine: A Collaborative Vision. The symposium was held at the Four Seasons Residences and Resort in Vail Colo. on the weekend of August 21 - 22 2015.

The unique symposium focused on the latest regenerative medicine updates and the international impact to the scientific community and patient care. Presenters came from some of the top universities and medical institutions in the United States including Northwestern University University of Wisconsin University of Pittsburgh University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Mayo Clinic and SPRI among others.

"This event brought some of the premiere visionaries and experts in the field of regenerative and translational medicine to Vail" said Dan Drawbaugh CEO of SPRI and The Steadman Clinic. "The Steadman Philippon Research Institute is proud to have collaborated with the Vail Valley Medical Center on this very special symposium. This was a landmark event for our community here in Vail and featured the very best researchers doctors and scientists that the field has to offer."

"Vail Valley Medical Center was honored to join the Steadman Philippon Research Institute as hosts for this significant event" said Doris Kirchner President/CEO of VVMC. "Mike Shannon (Chairman Vail Health Services Board) and Dr. Johnny Huard (Chief Scientific Officer SPRI) invited some of their most talented and respected colleagues and visionaries to join us and I commend them for their efforts in confirming Vail as a center of orthopaedic excellence."

"I have to give Mike Shannon a tremendous amount of credit for his leadership and support in making this event possible" said Huard. "We brought together the best of the best in the field of research in regenerative and translational medicine. Their collaboration -- which is based on patient-focused ideals and principles – addressed the endless possibilities that stem cell research and regenerative medicine have for all of us."

The roster of presenters included keynote speaker Dr. Freddie Fu from the University of Pittsburgh. Fu recognized as a preeminent leader in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine addressed the group on Friday evening Aug. 21 to kick off the weekend's events.

Saturday's day-long schedule of presentations included discussion on a wide range of regenerative medicine topics including stem cell and gene therapy.

About Vail Valley Medical Center
From modest beginnings in 1965 VVMC has grown into one of the world's most advanced mountain hospitals providing Olympic-quality sports medicine leading evidence-based research modern cancer care and extensive cardiology services – all top-quality services with exceptional outcomes. An independent nonprofit medical center VVMC keeps hundreds of jobs and resources local better serving our community and visitors. Celebrating 50 years of providing superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes VVMC offers expanding services low infection rates free community services and top-rated patient satisfaction scores. For more information please visit  

About The Steadman Philippon Research Institute:
The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopaedic research and education in arthritis healing rehabilitation and injury prevention. Founded in 1988 by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman as the Steadman Sports Medicine Foundation the 501(c)(3) charitable organization has influenced the practice of orthopaedics throughout the world. Based in Vail Colorado it has become one of the most published organizations in sports medicine research and education.  For more information please visit

About The Steadman Clinic
The Steadman Clinic is a world-renowned orthopaedic clinic with facilities located in Vail Frisco and Edwards Colorado. Specializing in knee hip shoulder elbow hand spine foot and ankle injuries our experience and research have led to significant advances in the fields of orthopaedics and sports medicine. Our clinic treats patients from all walks of life including recreational and professional athletes from all over the world. For more information please visit