Regenerative Medicine Program
Regenerative medicine is an emerging field of medicine focused on repairing and replacing damaged cells and tissues. Often, this involves harnessing the power of stem cells, which can renew themselves and differentiate into many other cell types. The research will provide the basis for the development of new medical procedures for the regeneration of muscles, heart tissues, nerve tissues, and cancer in broad range of human diseases.

The Regenerative Medicine Program launched by the Max Rady College of Medicine in 2008 is an important and exciting initiative. Dr. Geoff Hicks has been appointed Director and Senior Scientist. Dr. Hicks will head the group of eight scientists who, as a team, will develop stem cell research and regenerative medicine within the college.

Newly constructed state of the art research space for the program will be located on the sixth floor of the Basic Medical Sciences Centre. This Centre of Excellence for Regenerative Medicine will be the new home for the team of stem cell researchers, including six newly recruited research professors, 36 graduate students, 20 new technologists and 10 new postdoctoral fellows with the first five years. The program builds upon the storied, 125-year Max Rady College of Medicine history of excellence in medical research and service to the community.

It will be the only such facility in the prairie region and will position the university as a leader in this emerging field.

Dr. Geoff Hicks
Director, Regenerative Medicine Program
Tel: 204.787.8933


Faculty

Geoff Hicks, PhD (Manitoba), Director

Associate Professor, Regenerative Medicine Program, Biochemistry & Medical Genetics, and Department of Physiology
Member, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology

Tel: 204.787.2133
Lab: 204.787.2167
Website

Research interests:

  • Functional analysis of the genetic determinants of cancer and human disease
  • Stem cell technologies
  • Regulation of progenitor cells in leukemia and Ewing sarcoma

Accepting new graduate students and post doc fellows


Soheila Karimi, PhD (Saskatchewan)

Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine Program, Department of Physiology
Member, Spinal Cord Research Center and Manitoba Institute of Child Health

Tel: 204.272 3109
Fax: 204.789.3934

Research interests:

  • Spinal cord repair and regeneration
  • Therapeutic application of neural stem/progenitor cells in spinal cord injury
  • Understanding the role of neuroinflammation and astrogliosis in neural stem cell regulation
  • Neuregulin/ErbB signalling in oligodendroglial differentiation and myelination

Lab Site & Research Interests

Accepting new graduate students


Mojgan Rastegar, PhD (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)

Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine Program, Department of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics
Member, Manitoba Institute of Child Health

Lab Site & Research Interests
Tel.: 204.272.3108
Lab: 204.272.3145

Research interests:

  • Gene Therapy of Neurological Disorders with an emphasize on Rett Syndrome
  • HOX/HOX-Targets in Neural Stem Cell (NSC)/Brain Cancer Stem Cell (BTSC) Fate Decisions
  • Epigenetic Control of Embryonic Stem (ES) Cell Neurogenesis

Accepting new graduate students and post doc fellows


Afshin Raouf, PhD (University of Toronto)
Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine Program, Department of Immunology
Member, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology

Tel: 204.787.2294
Lab: 204.787.1403

Research interests:

  • Application of cancer stem cells concept to the development of preventative breast cancer therapies
  • Origin of breast cancer stem cells and molecular mechanisms that regulate their unique functions
  • Normal and malignant breast stem cell assay development and utility as treatment prediction tools

Lab Site & Research Interests

Accepting new graduate students and post doc fellows


Tamra Werbowetski-Ogilvie, PhD (McGill)
Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine Program, Biochemistry & Medical Genetics

Tel: 204.789. 3431

Research interests:

  • Earliest regulation in brain tumour progression and invasion of brain tumor stem cells

Not accepting new graduate students at this time


Donna Wall, MD (Manitoba)

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Child Health, Internal Medicine, and Immunology
Director, Manitoba Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Director, Cellular Therapy Laboratory, CancerCare Manitoba

Tel: 204.787.7095

Research interests:

  • Understanding the aging process of stem cells for more effective bone marrow and cord blood transplant therapies
  • Translational and applied study of cellular therapy products for use in regenerative medicine applications

Accepting new graduate students

 

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