The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at IU School of Medicine provides outstanding clinical training, education and nationally-renowned research, furthering its mission to train future leaders in otolaryngology. Faculty and residents take part in weekly Grand Rounds, learning about the latest advances in the field. The department's mission is to become a premier, internationally recognized leader in otolaryngology.
Building on years of groundbreaking discoveries in stem cell research, scientists from Indiana University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School have determined how to grow hairy skin using human stem cells—developing one of the most complex skin models in the world. The study, published June 3 in Nature, shows that skin generated from pluripotent stem cells can be successfully grafted on a nude mouse to grow human skin and hair follicles. That discovery could lead to future studies in skin reconstruction, disease modeling and treatment.