The University of Florida recently launched its new Center for Regenerative Medicine and named cardiologist Keith March to head the center's research.
March, a national leader in regenerative medicine, will lead the new center in its work on developing lifesaving therapies using stem cells to repair damaged tissue and organs, a UFHealth release said.
“It’s an exciting time to be involved in regenerative medicine,” March said in the release. “It’s a potential game-changer in medicine that will have a positive impact on so many lives.”
March's research has included vascular biology, specifically the study of fat-derived stem cells and has had over 150 manuscript publications.
“The future of health care is to find methods of permitting our bodies to regenerate damaged organs,” Robert Hromas, UF professor and chair of UF College of Medicine’s department of medicine, said in the release. “The center will emphasize a collaborative spirit across discipline and specialty lines by fostering work without silos. This will allow us to ultimately bring leading-edge therapies from the bench to the bedside.”
“As one of the nation’s top researchers in regenerative medicine, Dr. March is well-positioned to lead the center to lifesaving discoveries and breakthroughs in fundamental science that will establish UF as an innovative research hub in this field and a destination for patients,” Hromas said in the release.