Stem Cells

Stem cells hold infinite potential for preventing and curing disease, and University of Minnesota researchers are on the forefront of unlocking this potential.

Human Embryonic Stem CellsThe Minnesota Stem Cell Institute, founded in 1999, was the first to be established in the United States. From the beginning, the institute's goal has been to use stem cell biology to change the practice of medicine through discovery, education, and translation.

Our pioneering research with stem cells has already led to new treatments and therapies for blood cancers, kidney diseases, and conditions that benefit from the regeneration of tissue. We’re also developing ways to use stem cells to repair heart muscle damaged by heart attacks, to repair the brain stem, and to fight diabetes through islet cell transplantation. Recently, Lillehei Heart Institute researchers have made incredible progress in combating muscular dystrophy using stem cells programmed to regenerate muscle.

Other recent highlights include the treatment of a rare skin disease using bone marrow and cord blood grafts, new technology for de-cellularizing and re-cellularizing organs, using Natural Killer cells to treat cancer, and more.

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Research spotlight

Minnesota Stem Cell Institute

Mcguire Translational Research FacilityLocated at the new McGuire Translational Research Facility, the Stem Cell Institute brings together talent and expertise from across the University of Minnesota to use stem cell biology to advance regenerative medicine therapies for devastating disorders and to provide education and training for the stem cell scientists of tomorrow.