The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
is pleased to collaborate with the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Specialized Therapies (ISMETT) in the development of a Tissue Engineering Center in Italy. The new Center will interface closely with the McGowan Institute. The new Center is under the direction of Ranieri Cancedda, MD (pictured). The Center will focus its initial efforts on bone regeneration, with plans to expand the research program into other areas of regenerative medicine.
Dr. Cancedda is a Professor of Cell Biology and Dean of the Biotechnology School at the University of Genova, Italy. He also serves as Head of the Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine of the National Cancer Research Institute (IST), Genova. Dr Cancedda's main research fields include:
- molecular and cell biology of cartilage and bone
- tissue engineering and regenerative medicine of skeletal tissue, and
- osteobiology in microgravity
Dr. Cancedda has been President of the Italian Association of Cell Biology (1990-92) as well as one of the founders and first President of the European chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), formerly known as the European Tissue Engineering Society. He has spent most of his professional career in studying and developing methods of tissue reconstruction using stem cells, biomaterials, and active biomolecules, such as growth factors and angiogenic molecules. He is considered in academic circles as one of the forefathers of tissue engineering.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.