Indiana University School of Medicine launched a new PhD program to train the next generation on a new dimension of health care.
Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering Director Chandan Sen said regenerative medicine is shaping the future.
“What this does is it brings in the concept of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore normal function of the body," said Sen.
Sen said there is a huge need for a bigger regenerative medicine workforce, across the country and here in Indiana.
“Regenerating or engineering components of the body with therapeutic intent is a new horizon in medicine and will change the business of healthcare in general,” Sen said. “Our goal is to equip people to assume leadership positions to assemble new programs and define this new future of health care.”
He said the program provides opportunities for industry internships.
“Within industry there is a clear recognition that this is the future and industry must position itself. It’s wonderful to see that we have several key players in Indiana and they were so supportive in the development of this program.”
The new PhD program will be one of only six regenerative medicine PhD programs in the country and the second with an industry emphasis.