Dr. Alimorad Farshchian, medical director of The Center for Regenerative Medicine, uses adipose derived stem cells to treat joint disorders and injuries. Dr. Alimorad Farshchian stands out as the originator of the term “orthopaedic regenerative medicine” and the creator of DVD content to explain the use of stem cells in regeneration.
The term “stem cell” refers to a cell in the body that has not yet differentiated into a particular cell type. It carries in itself the potential to become a nerve cell, muscle cell, skin cell, or one of many other specialized body cells. Some stem cells can develop into any kind of cell while others have a particular pathway that they must follow. In either case, the potential of the stem cell makes it ideally suited for the field of regenerative medicine.
When they grow stem cells in a laboratory, researchers engineer the development track of the cell to determine the type of cell it will become. Physicians then select the stem cell type that they need and implant it into a patient’s body. Once inside, the cell continues to grow into the healthy type of cell that the patient needs it to become. The process is currently in use as a treatment for blood and bone marrow disorders as well as auto immune disorders and a number of other conditions while research continues into its further potential.