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Cell Therapy Research at The McGowan Institute

Many millions of adult stem cells are found in every human. Our body uses stem cells as one way of repairing itself.

Studies have illustrated that if adult stem cells are harvested and then injected at the site of diseased or damaged tissue, reconstruction of the tissue is feasible under the right circumstances. These cells can be collected from blood, fat, bone marrow, dental pulp, skeletal muscle and other sources.

Cord blood provides yet another source of adult stem cells. Scientists and clinicians are developing and refining their ability to prepare harvested stem cells to be injected into patients to repair diseased or damaged tissue.

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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Bridgeside Point II 
450 Technology Drive
Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Phone: 412-624-5500
Fax: 412-624-5363

Stem Cell Research to Treat Disease

McGowan Institute researchers commit to exploring the full potential of adult stem cells.

We're advancing cell-based treatments for an array of injuries and conditions using many different cell types, such as:

  • Cancer stem cells — research to find, and one day kill dormant cancer cells.
  • Diabetes — research to learn how to use stem cells to treat or cure diabetes.
  • Facial reconstruction with fat grafting — research on minimally invasive surgery to improve soft tissue defects in the head and face.
  • Heart disease — a phase II trial to assess the safety of AMI MultiStem®, a stem cell product to treat heart attack.
  • Liver support — research on liver stem cell transplants for people with end-stage liver disease.
  • Urinary incontinence — a clinical trial to test the McGowan Institute's stem cell therapy to treat stress-induced urinary incontinence.