The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi and the Ohio State University (OSU) tie-up to set the country's first comprehensive regenerative medicine centre that will open doors to advanced research and development and introduce revolutionary techniques.
Regenerative medicine is a vast subject that deals with the "process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage or congenital defects".
The tie-up talks proposed to establish on a small-scale, initially on the 9th floor of the Convergence Block at the AIIMS, the centre will come up in partnership with the American public research varsity's Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies (CRMCBT), known for its pioneering efforts in the field.
CRMCBT director Chandan Sen said the expertise and advisory will be provided by OSU, which ranks second in the US on industry-sponsored research among public schools.
"This venture will introduce a new discipline of medicine to India's premier seat of academic medicine and CRMCBT will provide expertise and advisory. There is a substantial need for regenerative medicine in India," quoted Sen.
Amit K. Dinda, a professor at the AIIMS Department of Pathology, who is spearheading the project, said the focus would be on amalgamating various disciplines including stem cell technology, biomedical science, tissue engineering and material science.
"The demand is huge in India, one example is burns and acid attack victims. Regenerative medicine is a broad subject and we are working towards an alliance of physicians, surgeons and scientists," told, Dinda.
It will be funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
To make the final decisions, experts from both the sides are said to meet at the maiden India Health Sciences Innovation Conference jointly organised by OSU and AIIMS from January 15 to 18 next year where regenerative medicine experts from across the world will gather.
Prior to the main event, as part of this partnership, a two-day workshop on regenerative medicine will be hosted by AIIMS January 12-13, 2015.