6 "firsts" in advancing regenerative medicine toward patient care - Mayo Clinic Release

June 18, 2019

Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minn. — A statewide bipartisan initiative is transforming health care from a focus on treating disease to one of tapping the body's ability to heal itself. Regenerative Medicine Minnesota is a legislative initiative aimed at improving health by advancing regenerative medicine in research, technology, education and patient care across the state.

Minnesotans statewide struggle with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis that reduce their quality of life and cost the health care system millions of dollars. Regenerative medicine focuses on using the body's ability to heal itself — replacing, repairing, and restoring damaged or missing organs and tissues to health. There is a critical need to ensure that Minnesotans have access to safe and effective treatments.

Every June, scientists, physicians, educators and other health care providers who have received one of the 161 grants awarded through this initiative, meet to share their cutting-edge work and find strategic collaborations to accelerate it. At the 2019 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota annual meeting in Rochester, co-chairs Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Medical School and vice president for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will highlight the effects Regenerative Medicine Minnesota will have on the state. This year's annual meeting will be held on Monday, June 17, in Rochester.

Story also features Masonic Cancer Center member Shernan Holtan, MD

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