Taking the Next Steps in Regenerative Rehabilitation: Establishment of a New Interdisciplinary Field

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 May;101(5):917-923. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.01.007. Epub 2020 Feb 5.


The growing field of regenerative rehabilitation has great potential to improve clinical outcomes for individuals with disabilities. However, the science to elucidate the specific biological underpinnings of regenerative rehabilitation-based approaches is still in its infancy and critical questions regarding clinical translation and implementation still exist. In a recent roundtable discussion from International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation stakeholders, key challenges to progress in the field were identified. The goal of this article is to summarize those discussions and to initiate a broader discussion among clinicians and scientists across the fields of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation science to ultimately progress regenerative rehabilitation from an emerging field to an established interdisciplinary one. Strategies and case studies from consortium institutions-including interdisciplinary research centers, formalized courses, degree programs, international symposia, and collaborative grants-are presented. We propose that these strategic directions have the potential to engage and train clinical practitioners and basic scientists, transform clinical practice, and, ultimately, optimize patient outcomes.

Keywords: Regenerative medicine; Rehabilitation; Tissue engineering.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Certification
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Curriculum
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Humans
  • Regenerative Medicine / education
  • Regenerative Medicine / trends*
  • Rehabilitation / education
  • Rehabilitation / trends*