Equine/Large Animal

Translational Wound Repair

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Physiologic wound healing is a well orchestrated series of events, progressing through inflammatory, proliferative and remodeling phases, and involves various local and recruited reparative and stem cells, growth factors and cytokines and the extracellular matrix and enzymes that modify that matrix. Disruption of this process leads to chronic impairment of wound healing or disorders of excessive scarring. Understanding how wounds heal and how different events can derail this cascade of events will ultimately inform novel strategies to improve both the quality and efficiency of wound repair. This session will discuss current knowledge of the features of the wound healing microenvironment that promote a regenerative response and innovative strategies to improve healing.


Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, DACVS

VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine


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Susan W. Volk, VMD, PhD, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Susan Volk, VMD, PhD, Dipl ACVS is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She completed her Veterinary Medical Scientist Training (VMD-PhD) Program, as well as a small animal surgical residency, at the University of Pennsylvania, and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. As a clinician-scientist, she has had a long-standing clinical interest in wound healing and surgical oncology, with a complimentary basic research program focused on the role of the extracellular matrix in modulating progenitor and reparative cell activities during tissue repair and evaluating the utility of adult stem cells to promote regenerative responses. Recent work from her laboratory has defined cell-matrix interactions that regulate the wound healing-fibrosis-cancer triad. This NIH, private foundation, and industry sponsored research has basic and translational components, including clinical trials in veterinary patients. Dr. Volk is an active member of a number of national and international societies and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of both the Wound Healing Society and the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medical Association.


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