Regenerative Medicine Center

Regenerative MedicineMany significant human diseases such as cancer and heart disease arise from the loss or dysfunction of specific cell types in the body. These diseases are becoming increasingly common as the population continues to age.

Stem cell research and regenerative medicine offer unique opportunities for developing new therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat these debilitating and life-threatening diseases, and new ways to explore fundamental questions of biology. Regenerative medicine accelerates the body’s own healing process to generate new tissue and fully restore the health of damaged tissues and organs. Stem cells, genes and engineered cells/tissue are some of the tools that are used to improve organ function and quality of life in a minimally invasive approach.

Directed by Nina Garlie, PhD, Aurora Health Care’s Regenerative Medicine Center (formerly the Cell Therapy Program) is building on more than 20 years of experience to develop innovative therapies and improve outcomes in patients with cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

The Center is located in Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center between cancer and cardiac patient services. The Center includes two research laboratories and a cell processing laboratory responsible for preparing cells that are used for therapeutic purposes, such as stem cell transplantation. This lab is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).


Translational and clinical research designed to harness the potential for regenerative therapy for the management of disease by integrating the knowledge of stem cell biology in delivering novel therapeutics to eliminate disease and restore organ function.

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