Tissue regeneration research focuses on finding ways to help the human body repair
and replace damaged tissues. Tissues are groups of cells that work together to perform
specific functions in our bodies such as our organs and muscles.
Researchers are studying different approaches to enhance tissue regeneration including:
- Stem cells - These are special cells that can develop into a variety of types of cells in the
human body. Scientists are learning how to guide stem cells to grow into specific
tissues and organs, so they can be used to replace damaged ones.
- Biomaterials - Biomaterials are artificial materials such as metals or polymers that can be implanted
into the body to provide structural support and promote tissue growth. These materials
can act as scaffolding for new cells to attach to and grow, encouraging tissue regeneration.
- Natural signals - Another wound healing approach involves studying the processes that occur naturally
in the body during tissue repair and using that knowledge to develop therapies and
procedures for patient recovery.
Following an injury, finding restoration of normal architecture and function is a
complex process involving the growth of new cells that clear dead tissue and facilitate