Organ Regenaration: Closer to Reality

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The Next Evolution of Medical Treatments

Regenerative medicine has been called the "next evolution of medical treatments," by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With its potential to heal, this new field of science is expected to revolutionize health care. 


Anthony Atala, MD Director

"We have many challenges to meet, but are optimistic about the ability of the field to have a significant impact on human health. We believe regenerative medicine promises to be one of the most pervasive influences on public health in the modern era," explained Dr. Anthony Atala Director of the Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest Institute.  "What may seem like science fiction is happening right here at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. We are an international leader in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies."

A 41-site clinical trial, testing the restorative effect that adult bone marrow stem cells have on damaged or injured myocardium in heart attack patients, is being led at Wake Forest Baptist by Sanjay Gandhi, MD.


 Sanjay Gandhi, MD

"Phase I of the research study found that stem cells derived from bone marrow (mesenchymal stem cells) were safe for patients and may have the ability to limit scar formation, improve heart function and preserve tissue following a first heart attack" expressed Dr. Sanjay Gandhi.

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