Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Areas of Research

Why Study Stem Cells?

Dedicated to regenerative therapies

Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine are believed by many to be the most promising breakthrough in medicine in decades. Indeed, along with colleagues across the country (including biologists, physicists, chemists, engineers, and clinicians), we believe that society is witnessing the early steps a revolution in science and medicine, driven by an emerging understanding of stem cells. No major university can afford to ignore this revolution—the University of Washington is poised to meet this challenge, and to embrace this opportunity. We are personally and professionally committed to the Institute becoming a world-class leader in the ethical development of novel cell-based therapies for patients.

The potential benefits of stem cell research and regenerative medicine

Transforming therapies for heart failure, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, retinal disease, hearing loss, and orthopaedic/sports injuries. Our scientists are presently conducting research with adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. We are pursuing this research with the goal of developing cures for diseases where there are few treatments at present.

Specific Areas of Research

Some of our research areas are listed below: