RTC – Mission
At the Reference and Translation Center for Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy (RTC) of the University Medical Center Rostock novel treatment methods with stem cells for heart diseases are being developed and applied. The aim is to realize a healing of the damaged heart by applying regenerative therapy approaches. “The regrowing heart” is the vision of the RTC.
To fulfil the tasks of a translations centre the activities of the RTC include all required steps for the development of novel therapies - focusing on regenerative therapies with stem cells in the cardiovascular field.
In this context, we first need to mention basic research in which the mode of action of selected stem cell populations as well as the complex regeneration mechanism in cardiac muscle tissue has been investigated. The next step is the pre-/non-clinical development of promising primary and modified stem cell products as well as optimized application procedures.