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ASH recommends cross-disciplinary engagement to advance regenerative medicine
Date:8/12/2010

(WASHINGTON, August 12, 2010) The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has developed specific recommendations to the scientific community and federal agencies to help propel collaborative research in regenerative medicine in order to make real strides in improving patient care. These recommendations were released today in Blood, ASH's premier scientific journal, in the article titled "Enhancing Research in Regenerative Medicine."

Regenerative medicine is a multidisciplinary approach to treating diseases and disorders by enabling the body to repair, replace, restore, and regenerate damaged or diseased cells, tissues, and organs. The field is becoming increasingly attractive as therapeutic research targets, including the broadening use of stem cells, for a variety of health conditions yield promising results. However, the lack of coordination of research efforts, disjointed funding mechanisms, and absence of harmonization of regulatory requirements of regenerative medicine research threaten to significantly delay the application of research in this field to new therapies.

"Hematologists have been at the forefront of the regenerative medicine field for decades and are poised to provide great insight and leadership in steering the field in the right direction," said David A. Williams, MD, of the Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Harvard Medical School, and co-author of the workshop report detailing ASH's recommendations. "In addition, as the leading society of hematologists, ASH has been working to leverage the expertise of its members and foster collaboration among like-minded groups and federal agencies in this area. ASH plays a unique and potentially pivotal role in
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