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Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) Symposium 2019: Call for abstracts!

Published: 5 June 2019
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This year is the 6th anniversary of FIRM, taking place at Hotel Cap Roig (Costa Brava, Girona) from the 23rd – 26th of September 2019. FIRM aims to bring young researchers together from across the world, enabling them to share their research and provide a platform to learn, interact and network with world-class leaders in the field of regenerative medicine.

Multiple sessions have been organised covering different areas of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering such as fundamental biology, biomaterials, enabling technologies and clinical translation. In addition, there will be tailored CV clinics, publication and IP to commercialisation workshops that will be supported by a panel of mentors from both academia and industry. The conference this year is expected to continue to attract an increasing number of international delegates from a wide range of disciplines within the regenerative medicine field!

PhD Students from the Bone and Joint Research Group, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, have been involved as members of the committee organising FIRM Symposium for four consecutive years and this year is Juan Aviles Milan’s turn. Please find further details of keynotes, abstracts and registration below.


Dear Colleague,

Join us for the 6th annual symposium of Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine (FIRM 2019) to be held at the Hotel Cap Roig in Costa Brava, Spain from 23rd to 26th September 2019.

We highly encourage you all to share your research as oral or poster presentations and network with other early career researchers. The conference covers a wide range of topics, including basic biology, cell and gene therapies, tissue engineering, biomaterials, enabling technologies and commercialisation. Please, submit your abstract using the online abstract submission system on or before 29th June 2019. Notification of your allocated presentation will be in July 2019. Payment opens 15th April 2019, with early bird prices available until 29th July 2019. 

Submit your abstracts here​!

We are delighted that the following list of Keynote Speakers will be presenting at FIRM 2019:

1.    Prof Sheila MacNeil, University of Sheffield, UK

2.    Dr Laura De Rosa, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

3.    Prof Liam Grover, Birmingham University, UK

4.    Prof Fergal O’Brien, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

5.    Dr Lisa White, University of Nottingham, UK

6.    Dr Vito Manella, University of Toronto, Canada

Aside from the Keynote talks, we have also invited a range of workshop Speakers on different topics of interest for young researchers such as a publish or perish and an IP & commercialisation session. For more information, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin to keep updated.

This year’s edition of FIRM Symposium will also be offering a “Best Poster Award” and “Best Presentation Award”, among others. The award is open to all PhD students and Postdoc participants.

Full details on the Symposium can be accessed at If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us at

We welcome your participation and look forward to seeing you in Platja d’Aro, Spain.


Phoebe McCrorie, Daniel Green, Christopher Hill, Preeti Holland and Juan Aviles Milan

FIRM 2019 committee


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