Invest in the Future: Versiti Center for Stem Cell and Cell Therapy Research
IMAGINE better treatments.
IMAGINE superior outcomes.
IMAGINE a cure. We can.
Stem cell and regenerative medicine have the enormous potential to help patients like Zoe, Tia and Mitch, but medical science is not quite there yet; and more research is needed to understand how cells develop and how they can be controlled.
- Experience. 70+ years of respected discoveries and innovations.
- Trust. On average, we receive 16+ grants annually from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Momentum. 150 physicians, scientists, and technologists from around the world call BRI home.
- A Culture of innovation. We have critical mass around blood health innovation. The time is now to build upon this by growing our cellular therapy research.
Imagine the Possibilities
Mitch Arnold was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 10 years old. For three long years, he endured chemotherapy. IMAGINE if there were another way to treat Mitch’s cancer – a way that did not require toxic chemotherapy, and instead used a patient’s own natural defenses.
Tia Wilson is a bubbly young girl who loves to dance and spend time with her family. She was born with sickle cell anemia, a disease that causes debilitating pain crises and potentially devastating organ damage. IMAGINE further advancing treatment for an illness like hemophilia or Tia’s family’s sickle cell disease. Not just managing patients’ symptoms and pain crisis through regular blood transfusions, but preventing them forever.
Michael Robinson, CAR-T Cell Treatment Recipient, Leukemia Survivor Michael was 39 when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He underwent five different types of chemotherapy treatment, and currently receives CAR-T cellular therapy to turn his own cells into cancer fighters. While Michael might still need a bone marrow transplant to survive, he is hopeful that new research and discoveries into CAR-T cell treatment can help him and other patients conquer cancer and get a second chance at life.