Biomaterials and Regeneration Program
Progenitor cells have been recruited to help form new blood vessels
Cell therapy and tissue engineering have emerged as promising new approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. There is much optimism that therapies using stem and progenitor cells and/or biomaterials will one day treat patients with heart disease in a biological manner.
Researchers in the Biomaterials and Regeneration Program are examining the role of cells within the body, including stem cells, in the cardiac regeneration process. Strategies to augment the repair process using tissue engineered biomaterials are also being investigated. Understanding the interaction between cells and their environment will help better optimize cell and biomaterial therapies for treating cardiovascular disease.