The Promise of Regenerating Damaged Tissues
Regenerative medicine is the “process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by replacing damaged tissue and/or by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms to heal previously irreparable tissues or organs. Regenerative medicine also empowers scientists to grow tissues and organs in the laboratory and safely implant them when the body cannot heal itself. Importantly, regenerative medicine has the potential to solve the problem of the shortage of organs available for donation compared to the number of patients that require life-saving organ transplantation, as well as solve the problem of organ transplant rejection, since the organ’s cells will match that of the patient.
The goal is to apply the principles of regenerative medicine to repair or replace diseased tissues. The regenerative medicine is working to:
- Develop clinical relevant protocols (GMP/GCP) for the application for cell based therapies, including cell isolation, expansion, and cryo-preservation (Biobank)
- Develop cell based therapies (Cell transplantation) for organ regeneration
- Microscale tissue engineering (Micro tissues) for organ regeneration
- Tissue engineering of autologous living replacement materials
- Disease modelling based on tissue engineering technologies