Regenerative medicine is a new and developing field of translational research that aims to establish normal function in diseased tissues either through rejuvenating existing cells, or through the process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs. Rejuvenation could occur through addition of powerful growth factors to the body, or modulating the immune system in a way that enhances cell survival and function.
Regenerative medicine holds the promise of definitive, affordable health care solutions that heal the body from within and development of innovative treatment for injuries and illnesses. Stem cells are of great interest and a key component to Regenerative medicine, as they open the door to novel therapeutic applications. They lie deep within most tissues of the adult body and have the ability to develop - through a process called differentiation - into many different types of cells such as skin cells, brain cells, muscle cells, nerve cells and so on. Stem cells in the bone marrow are responsible for blood production and play a major role our immune defence system. Stem cells may lie at the heart of some cancers and their biology may lead to interesting new approaches to reducing tumour growth. Stem cells also reside in the adult tissue and can be manipulated and grown outside the body — then transplanted back into the same patient.
- Bring together researchers and clinicians across the spectrum of departments at KIMS and KFRC to work in the area of Regenerative medicine
- Provide a central source of information on Regenerative medicine through institute's website
- Provide outreach and support to the community regarding stem cells and Regenerative medicine
- Create new biological tools to accelerate research, drug discovery and medical testing while also reducing costs and animal use
- Design and develop novel treatments to both enhance natural repair processes and use the abilities of stem cells for replacing damaged, malfunctioning and diseased cells.
BTo save patients who helplessly suffer form diseases where the standard mode of treatment proves unsuccessful.