Eliminating leukemia, curing Huntington’s disease, repairing heart disease, BGU researchers are working to restore the function of diseased organs.
At BGU’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cellular Therapy and Stem Cell Research, scientists are taking skin cells from patients with heart disease and reprogramming them to become heart cells to study the disease. Ultimately, this may lead to correcting the defective heart cells that can then be transplanted. They’re also studying stem cells that reside in bone marrow, which could make life-altering treatments for individuals with leukemia and other cancers possible. Other scientists are developing cartilage-regenerating strategies for osteoarthritis and injuries.
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Wanted: A Better Way to Fight Leukemia
Dr. Roi Gazit is developing targeted treatments for various forms of this disease.
Cartilage Regeneration System Raises $18.3 Million
CartiHeal, developed at BGU, is starting human clinical trials in the U.S., Europe and Israel.
Reversing Type 1 Diabetes
Using the alpha-1 protein, Prof. Eli Lewis has eliminated some patients’ need for insulin injections.