Mayo Clinic Joins US Army’s AFIRM Phase II Initiative.

The Mayo Clinic aims to develop nerve regeneration therapies for wounded veterans.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have joined the Army’s Afirm II [Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine] program. AFIRM spearheads a national consortium of advanced research centers developing regenerative medical therapies to care for and treat the injuries of severely wounded army veterans. Mayo Clinic researchers will focus on peripheral nerve regeneration. Continue reading

Stem Cells Utilized to Grow Body Parts and Organs for Wounded Soldiers

Advances in regenerative medicine, spearheaded by AFIRM [Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine], are restoring function to wounded soldiers. A consortium of research centers is developing techniques to grow body parts, such as ears, bones, skin and genitals.  AFIRM is directing 300 million dollars to develop a broad array of regenerative treatments that will impact treatment options for both wounded soldiers and the general population.  Many of the treatments are now entering the clinical [human] testing phase with the prospect of growing organs and tissue ‘on demand’ utilizing the patient’s own stem cells on the horizon. Continue reading