IU Establishes Regenerative Medicine Center

Aug 17, 2018

The Indiana University School of Medicine has made regenerative medicine its newest focus. A new team of researchers brings the latest science to Indiana. 

Regenerative medicine focuses on engineering human cells to form tissue.

Dr. Chandan Sen, part of the new team at Indiana University’s School of Medicine, developed tissue nano-transfection. It uses a small, removable chip, genetic code and electricity to regenerate tissue on an animal. 

"Every cell has some ability to regenerate, some cells more than others, and this entire discipline is about utilizing that ability to regenerate," says Sen.

Sen and his team have been recruited from Ohio to continue this research that has not yet been tested on humans.  

IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess says there’s a lot of other work happening in this field right now.  

"Regenerative medicine and wound healing for areas like diabetic ulcers or traumatic injuries or burns," says Hess. 

The Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering is the latest pillar for the IU Precision Health Initiative. 

Sen says the potential in Indiana is exciting.  

"The connection between cutting edge science and impact on health care, that opportunity is extraordinary," says Sen.