Imagine the Future
Imagine a world without organ failure, oxygen tanks and osteoarthritis — a place where insulin is a treatment of the past and “incurable” is no longer in the lexicon of health care professionals. Imagine if you could become the cure to your condition, able to empower the previously untapped capability of your body to regenerate, rejuvenate and repair. That is the promise of regenerative medicine, and Mayo Clinic is well on the way to making it a reality.
The Human Body is Designed to Heal Itself
When we suffer a cut, we bleed. The body sends a signal for the blood to clot, and in a few moments the bleeding ceases. This simple yet effective response from our own body is lifesaving. Imagine if we could capture this naturally occurring ability to heal and apply it to a wide range of conditions. Regenerative medicine is a game changer, with the revolutionary potential to transform all of patient care.
Powered by advances in fundamental science and a better understanding of the human body’s innate mechanisms of repair, regenerative medicine is rapidly evolving, allowing research and the clinical practice to halt and even reverse chronic and terminal disease.
Chronic diseases, conditions that are persistent or long-lasting, are quickly becoming the most prevalent threat to health. In North America alone, one in two adults suffers from one or more chronic health conditions. Mayo Clinic believes it doesn’t have to be this way, embracing this new science as a critical component in all of its activities and deploying regenerative medicine’s potential across every medical specialty.
Regenerative medicine is transforming today’s health care, where we fight disease, to the visionary health care of tomorrow: restoring health. By tapping into and boosting the body’s natural ability to heal, Mayo Clinic experts are making breakthrough discoveries that provide hope and healing to patients who are challenged by life-threatening conditions.
Visionary benefactors make it possible for us to create a world where the previously unimaginable in health care can become reality. Thank you for helping us translate imaginations into reality for our patients and patients around the world. Click here for information on supporting regenerative medicine research.
-- Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael S. and Mary Sue Shannon Family Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine
Marriott Family Director, Comprehensive Cardiac Regenerative Medicine