A team of researchers led by Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic [a member of StemSave’s Scientific Advisory Council has engineered a scaffold to facilitate the regeneration of heart muscle through the use of adult stem cells. In an animal model, Vunjak-Novakovic and her team created a scaffold using biodegradable chitosan and carbon nanofibers, infusing it with stem cells to provoke the regeneration of beating cardiomyocytes.
Severe heart damage is often treated using a transplant because adult heart tissue is incapable of self-repair. However, organ transplants often require long wait times for a donor and present the risk of rejection by the patient’s immune system. Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic’s research is an important component in the development of personalized regenerative treatments for heart damage as an alternative to organ transplants.
Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit www.StemSave.com or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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