Translational Regenerative Medicine

History:

Announced in September 2011 as part of NC State University's 2011–2020 strategic plan, the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program is investing $5 million to facilitate partnerships among academic colleges and hire individual scholars or small groups (clusters) of scholars in strategically important areas to further the university's teaching and research mission. One of the 12 proposals selected and funded to participate in the program is the Translational Regenerative Medicine cluster. Faculty from the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research (CCMTR), the College of Engineering, the College of Textiles and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) have partnered to establish this entity with the overall goal of advancing the health and well-being of animals and humans.

Description:

Regenerative medicine is a rapidly growing field that requires comprehensive interactive approaches. Currently, NC State has a highly active campus wide interdisciplinary regenerative medicine group. New faculty will work with the current team to coalesce and expand existing expertise in areas including, but not limited to, cardiac and musculoskeletal biology.

Expertise in three areas will allow for greater advancement of novel ideas and methodologies

A pilot manufacturing laboratory is being constructed that will be dedicated to this program and that will be capable of manufacturing clinical-grade material that can be introduced into patients. To enable development and testing of manufacturing technologies that can be applied to both humans and animals, this state-of-the-art facility will meet all FDA standards and will have capabilities for expansion as the program grows.

These collective efforts will link the basic and applied research being undertaken at NC State and similar institutions with the clinical needs and expertise at the CVM and nearby human hospitals.

Impact:

We are building an internationally recognized program in regenerative medicine based on the unique opportunities available at NC State:

With the creation of this cluster, coupled with the present levels of expertise in the CCMTR, the College of Engineering, the College of Textiles and the College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State is well positioned to educate future scientists in translational regenerative medicine and to share in their exciting discoveries.

New Hires

Three new faculty members, Ke Cheng, Matt Fisher and Binil Starly, have recently joined NC State as part of the Translational Regenerative Medicine Cluster.

 

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