As the world's population grows older, threatening to bankrupt health care budgets in developed countries, there has been a surge of interest in regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine investigates ways to repair or replace tissues or organs damaged by disease, injury or aging. Innovative approaches include giving stem cells directly to patients, developing small molecules that activate the patients' own stem cells, and growing tissues and organs in the lab for transplantation using stem cells and scaffolds made from new biomaterials.
This exciting interface between tissue engineering and stem cell biology will be explored in our Days of Molecular Medicine 2011 conference, in Hong Kong, from November 10-12. Register today at http://dmm.aaas.org/
Presented in partnership by AAAS, Science Translational Medicine, the Days of Molecular Medicine Foundation, the Karolinska Institutet, Foundation IPSEN and the University of Hong Kong and made possible through the generous support of the Croucher Foundation.