What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function loss due to age, disease, damage or congenital effects. A cell-based therapy, regenerative medicine involves the injection of stem or progenitor cells, the induction of generation by biologically active molecules, and transplantation of in vitro-grown organs and tissues. The field overlaps with tissue engineering; however, its focus is on how the body can use cells, biomolecules and supporting structures to heal.
Each cell of the adult body has regenerative properties – some more than others. Investigators at the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering are focused on reprogramming adult tissue utilizing proprietary technologies that can be readily applied in a clinical setting without any laboratory-based procedures. The goal of the center is to develop transformative health care solutions that will have a tremendous affect on the lives of patients in the State of Indiana and beyond.