Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) were the first in the world to successfully implant laboratory grown bladders in humans. They are now applying the principles of regenerative medicine to projects aimed at helping injured soldiers.
The $85 million effort involves two academic groups that form the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). Therapies developed by AFIRM will also benefit people in the civilian population. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine co-lead one of the groups.
Teams of scientists from almost 30 institutions are working to develop clinical therapies over the next 5 years that will focus on the following 5 areas:
- Burn repair
- Wound healing without scarring
- Craniofacial reconstruction
- Limb reconstruction, regeneration or transplantation
- Compartment syndrome, a condition related to inflammation after surgery or injury that can lead to increased pressure, impaired blood flow, nerve damage and muscle death
Learn more about the sponsors of this work. Learn more about the Wake Forest/Pittsburgh consortium. Or learn more about some of our various military-based research projects by selecting a project below: