The Tulane Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine was formed in July of 2000.The major aim of the Center is to develop new therapies for a series of common diseases that include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, Parkinsonism, spinal cord injury, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The primary strategy of the Center is to use adult stem cells that can easily be obtained from a patient and then used for therapy of the same patient. The Center also provides educational programs for career development, job training and life-long learning of citizens; establish a forum to evaluate the social, legal and ethical implications of gene therapy; and develop commercial applications of gene therapy with an emphasis on commercial developments within the State of Louisiana.
The therapies being developed by the Center are based on the discoveries that adult stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow can be gene engineered and then potentially used in the same patient to target the genes of the central nervous system, the bones, cartilage and many other tissues. The Center staff is doing research both on the basic biology of adult stem cells and developing procedures for use of the cells in patients with devastating diseases. The Center provides well characterized adult stem cell preparations to academic researchers worldwide, under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.