Spain - Breaking Ground in Organ Regeneration
by Kimberly on Thursday, November 4, 2010
Spain, a world leader in organ donation and transplants, is also the only country with a laboratory dedicated exclusively to the creation of bio-artificial organs from stem cells to be used in organ transplants.
The laboratory is located in the Gregorio Marañón hospital in Madrid, a leading center of regenerative cardiac cell therapy. The joint project is in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, the first center to create an artificial heart, and the National Organization of Transplants. With the new ground breaking techniques being used here, Spain hopes to become a world leader in organ regeneration.
The idea is to have a parent bank to produce new organs like hearts, livers, kidneys, or skin that in the long term could solve the problem of too few donations.
The technique involves using stem cells to create new organs from donor organs. They are currently working with hearts which must first be cleaned at a cellular level and then injected with stem cells from the donor who is to receive the organ.
This regenerative medicine could change the conventional way that transplants of organs and tissues are done. Although they have already made great advances, the organs they have created have not yet been used in humans. The objective is to be able to use their organs in a real transplant within 5 or 10 years.
Keywords: Spain,organ regeneration