Stem cell and regenerative medicine

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant to the UF College of Medicine’s department of surgery for skin regeneration research that may benefit injured troops and also help civilians. The overarching grant is provided to Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary network working to develop advanced treatment options for severely wounded servicemen and women.

Adam Katz, MD, a professor in the department of surgery’s division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, has worked as a researcher for the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) since 2008. As part of the institute’s skin regeneration research group, he investigates possible techniques to help wounds heal more effectively and to improve the appearance of existing scars by using patients’ own excess fat tissue and the stem cells it holds.

The new round of funding for the institute marked the start of AFIRM II. The Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine leads AFIRM II, which brings together 32 separate institutions to work with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.