Stem cells are our bodies’ building blocks. They are different from other cells because they have the potential to differentiate into any cell type and can renew themselves.
Because stem cells can repair tissue and organs, they are powering regenerative medicine (RM), a new way to treat disease and injury. RM is considered by investors, economists and health policy experts to be the next frontier of modern medicine.
The power of RM is in its potential to halt or reverse disease instead of simply alleviating symptoms, which is unlocking leading-edge treatments for diseases such as, type 1 diabetes, retinal degeneration, muscular dystrophies, lung and heart disease, as well as for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
Canada has been a world leader in RM from the start. From the definitive confirmation of stem cells by Till and McCulloch in the 1960s, Canadian researchers have continued to make significant contributions globally.
Read more about the potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine in SCN’s recent publication, Regenerative Medicine in Canada.