Stem Cell / Regenerative Medicine
You may have heard how scientists and physicians are making amazing strides in stem cell research. But did you know that the paternership between Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Aurora Research Institute is helping to pave the way to future medical innovations through stem cell research?
What exactly is a stem cell? As soon as an embryo is five days old, it starts forming cells that have the remarkable ability to develop into many different types of cells found in the body. When a stem cell divides, each new cell can either stay a stem cell or become another type of more specialized cell: a muscle cell, red blood cell, brain cell or other type of cell in the body. Stem cells also can be developed from some adult tissues (bone marrow, muscle and brain).
What makes stem cells so interesting is that they can act as replacements for cells that get lost through injury or disease over a lifetime. In short, stem cells serve as an internal repair system for many tissues in the body.
At the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute, we’re learning how stem cells can offer new hope for treating diabetes, stroke, brain injury and heart disease. In our two laboratories, along with our cell-processing laboratory, our physicians and doctors are learning what each individual cell can do. Not only can this research help us develop new treatments, but it also might lead to new drugs and identify causes of birth defects.
We know that many diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, happen when specific cells in the body become dysfunctional. Stem cell research offers the hope of developing therapeutic ways to prevent these devastating and life-threatening diseases.
Regenerative medicine uses cell-based therapies to treat diseases by speeding up the body’s own healthy, healing processes. In short, regenerative medicine helps the body generate new tissues and fully restores the health of damaged tissues and organs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says regenerative medicine is the “next evolution of medical treatments.” This scientific field promises new ways doctors can speed up healing. Our doctors are exploring ways regenerative medicine can help repair unhealthy or damaged organs and tissues, as well as many birth defects.
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You deserve the best, most scientifically advanced care when it comes to your treatment options. Contact the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute to find out how we can help you or request a second opinion for your neurological condition.