Today, Dr. Michael Rudnicki of the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research and Dr. Peter Zandstra who is a Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering were featured in the Globe and Mail for their roles in charting the future of regenerative medicine.
In describing his work related to the growth and repair of normal muscles, Dr. Rudnicki says, “What we’re doing is harnessing the stem cells that remain in our body to behave as if they’re in a young individual. We want to stimulate the intrinsic repair processes that are already there, but have become quite dormant as we age.”
Stem cells are already used in therapies such as bone-marrow transplants and cartilage repair, though many future opportunities have been identified where stem cells can be used.
Dr. Zandstra sums up the commitment and focus of Canada’s stem cells nicely: “What we all hope is that there will be new curative treatments for debilitating diseases.”