Health Span Hawaii brings together respected thought leaders influencing the field of Regenerative Medicine. Join us for dynamic discussions on developments in the medical community and the future of healthcare.


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and OCD-Spectrum Disorders

 Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., was born in Verona, Italy, in 1937. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics from Antioch College in 1961 and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University in 1967. After four years on the Harvard School of Medicine faculty he joined the University of Utah as a professor of biology in 1973. 

Dr. Capecchi is best known for his pioneering work on the development of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells. This technology allows scientists to create mutations in any desired gene, giving them virtually complete freedom to manipulate the DNA sequence in the genome of living mice. His work in this area revolutionized the study of mammalian biology and is used to understand countless diseases by scientists worldwide. In 2007, he was recognized for this achievement with the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, which he shared with Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans.

Keynote Speaker

       Lieutenant Governor            JOSH GREEN

Josh Green is a local doctor, husband, and father of two who has spent his life caring for Hawaii families.

After completing his medical training, Josh joined the National Health Corps and started his life’s work as a family physician and ER doctor in rural hospitals and clinics on the Big Island.

Josh served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008 and in the Hawaii State Senate from 2008 to 2018 where he chaired the Health Committee and Human Services Committee.

In 2005, Josh met his wife Jaime Ushiroda, a local girl from Kaneohe, and they were married in 2006.

Together they are the proud parents of 12-year-old daughter Maia and 8-year-old son Sam.

In 2009 he was named “Hawaii Physician of the Year”.

The hopes, challenges, and values of the families he cares for inspire Josh to do more to make life better for the people of Hawaii and he is honored to serve as their Lieutenant Governor.

Call for Abstracts

February 1 – September 30, 2019

Health Span Hawaii invites researchers, clinicians, and technologists from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2019 Annual Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 3 – 5, 2019. View our 2017 Conference Website

Health Span Hawaii Summit invites researchers, clinicians and technologists from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2019 Annual Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Conference will feature a wide range of exciting scientific lectures, discussions, and numerous networking opportunities with experts, Gatekeepers, researchers, and up-and-coming leaders in the field of Regenerative Medicine.

Share your research with international colleagues who are actively aligning Cell Biology, Immunology, Engineering, Genetics, Computer Science, Robotics, and other fields with advances in Regenerative Medicine. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance.

Four Branches of Medical Science

Our summit is centered around four key areas of regenerative medicine.


Recent progress in regenerative medicine has shown promise in treating neurological disorders with various treatments ranging from stem cell-based therapy to innovative drugs.

From reparative stem cells to translation therapies, regenerative medicine shows great promise and advancements in the treatment of diseases and abnormalities of the heart.

Platelet rich plasma therapy, gene transfer, and tissue engineering are just a few techniques and advancements expected to transform Orthopedic medicine and patient treatments.

Cancer treatments continue to advance as innovative immunotherapy, cellular, and stem cell therapies are further studied and tested to target and eliminate cancer cells.


Just steps from Waikiki, the Hawaii Convention Center is an event destination like no other — a stunning marriage of form and function, open to sky and sun between the shade of terraces and lanais, graced with courtyards, waterfalls and fishponds to create a meeting and convention backdrop that is at once tranquil and invigorating.

Experience the Aloha Spirit