The human body has a powerful ability to heal itself. A cut heals, a broken bone mends and even a dead liver can regenerate in just a few weeks. Scientists have found ways to recreate these natural healing mechanisms in the lab and use them to treat diseases, injuries or congenital defects. This new field is known as regenerative medicine and has the potential to completely revolutionize the way medical conditions are treated.
What is an example of a regenerative medicine?
Conventional drugs are only able to temporarily relieve symptoms and cannot fix the problem at its core. Regenerative medicine are able to stimulate the natural healing process of your own body to address the root cause of your illness and reduce pain for good. In many cases, regenerative therapies such as stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can help you avoid surgery.
Ultimately, regenerative medicine is all about making your body work like it did before your injury or disease. The concept is broad and encompasses everything from cell and gene therapies to tissue engineering, organ transplantation, biomechanical prosthetics and the more familiar chemical pharmacopeia. The regenerative medicine and advanced therapies workforce is comprised of employees in both the private sector and the academic community. In order to take advantage of the full potential of this revolutionary field, it is essential that researchers and doctors understand who this workforce is, what their skills are and how to develop the best strategies for utilizing these technologies in the clinic.