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... “Regenerative medicine; it’s not futuristic medicine anymore,” said Dr. Alan Russell, founding director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh...

... Russell shared his overview of regenerative medicine during the State of Science Workshop, ... at Walter Reed Army Medical Center ... The concept of regenerative medicine is to replace or regenerate human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function, according to the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), established by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop new products and therapies to treat severe injuries suffered by U.S. service members in current wars...

... Current AFIRM projects include the development of engineered human ear and nose replacements, along with a skin substitute to improve recovery from large area burns. The first clinical trials using technology for the ear could start in about a year, according to Col. Robert Vandre, project director for AFIRM...

... Vandre said two patients involved in studies at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research located at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, were able to regenerate and grow missing muscle using a surgical implantation of extracellular matrix (ECM), a biologic agent devoid of cells used as a structure for tissue to grow within...

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