Regenerative Medicine

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Many disorders and injuries are accompinied by a gradual loss of specialiced cells, tissues or organs. E.g., disorders of the central nervous system lead to motor deficits. Injuries and disorders of  cartillage and /or bone tissue may result in a physical handicap. And autoimmune diseases can give rise to metabolic disorders. Usually, there is no cure, patients are, thus, reliant on conservative drug therapy.

Regenerative medicine analyzes the complex processes conditioning natural regenartion. Regenerative medicine aims to cure diseased tissue, to partially "reconstruct" tissue, or to support the tissue with its regeneration. It uses different methodological approaches: Stimulation of self-healing processes from the outside by the administration of drugs, cell-based products and factors. Cultivation and development of tissues outside of the body (such as skin cells, cartillage cells, nervous cells) to reposition them in the body (e.g. tissue engineering). Cell-based therapies to improve the efficacy of certain cells. And the self-healing and regeneration of affected tissue or organs by transient relief.

Technological advancement in regenerative medicine requires the collaboration of scientists, engineers, chemists and physicians, as well as the support of social sciences, ethics, national and international law and psychology.

The Institute of Medical Genetics cooperates with the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT) a research center at  the Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Helmholtz Association.

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