The Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CCTRM) facilitates collaborative research in the area of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, through local, national and international collaborative research networks.
Over the last century we have seen transformational changes in medical practice based on scientific discovery. The next transformations in patient care will come from stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. There are already some spectacular successes in treating leukaemia and eye diseases such as macular degeneration. The aim of our research is to extend these technologies to treat a wider spectrum of debilitating and chronic diseases.
The vision of the Centre “New Ideas Leading to New Medicines” is supported by a common research strategy across many areas of medicine. Disease areas include cancer, asthma, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibrosis, macular degeneration, muscle degeneration and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, we are investigating strategies to replace damaged tissue following acute trauma.
The science of tissue regeneration is still in its infancy with many challenges including rejection of cells and tissues when they are transplanted from one person to another. If we can solve the technical challenges, regenerative medicine and associated approaches will help us all live longer with an improved quality of life.