Dr. Mark Holterman, a longtime advocate of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy, serves as pediatrics professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Reflecting decades of research employing ethically sourced fetal stem cells, Mark J. Holterman, MD, seeks to promote the academic study of the safety and efficacy of innovative treatment modalities.
An emerging area of medical science, regenerative medicine at its foundation centers on restoring the functionality of organs and tissues, specifically those that have been damaged or are associated with chronic disease and severe injuries that do not respond to conventional therapies. Restoration of function is enabled through a combination of tissue engineering and gene editing advancements, which allows stem cells to be remodeled as three-dimensional tissue structures and organoids that meet highly specific needs.
Enabling this is the potentially limitless ability of stem cells to divide and transdifferentiate into a variety of cell types. As such, stem cells provide a foundation for the body’s full range of organs and tissues. Employing microengineering and cell transplantation techniques, organoids are grown that have the potential to take the place of donated organs and tissues, which are of limited supply and expensive.