What are stem cells?

Stem cells are undifferentiated (or unspecialized) cells that are capable of renewing themselves indefinitely. This undifferentiated state means that a single stem cell has a unique capability to grow and generate a wide variety of specialized cell types (e.g., muscle cells, neurons, heart muscle cells, etc) under the right physiological conditions.

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What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine harnesses the power of stem cells to repair, regenerate or replace diseased cells, tissues and organs. Through it, we might one day be able to reverse the effects of cardiovascular disease, or allow type 1 diabetics to live without insulin injections or pumps.

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The Promise Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine has the potential to change the face of medical care, and provide new hope for millions of people. Currently, we are focusing on these five research areas (otherwise known as our 5 Branches of Discovery):

  • Heart
  • Neurological
  • Diabetes
  • Blood
  • Lung

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