MIAMI, April 30, 2015--Global Stem Cells Group and the University of Santiago, Chile have announced plans to launch a new edition of the post-graduate diploma program, “Diplomat in Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering.” The first of its kind worldwide, the program is designed for physicians and qualified practitioners to bring stem cell therapies into the doctor’s office to treat patients.
The University of Santiago, ranked among the top universities in South America, is the first state university to offer a diploma program in stem cells, tissue engineering and cell therapy.
The program concentrates on advances in cell biology, the clinical and linked characteristics to bioprocessing of stem cells derived from adipose tissue, and other stem cell-based protocols. Based on medical research that emerged in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to give rise to stem cell therapies, this is a new form of medical treatment in which cells and tissues are used as healing elements, not only to supplement or replace deficient cells, but to induce regeneration and restoration of a lost biological order during the development of a disease or injury.
Alejandra Moenen, Ph.D., who heads the University of Santiago’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, was chosen to teach the program. Moenen is an internationally prominent researcher whose work in biological research has been published in 50 major scientific journals worldwide.
Global Stem Cells Group has established the program’s medical and scientific management team, headed by Duncan Ross, Ph.D. and Enrique Testart, M.D., to develop a theoretical and practical, 120 hour program that will deliver the fundamentals of the most advanced cell therapies and clinical applications currently practiced safely and effectively in more than 35 cities worldwide.
In a 2015 televised interview, Joseph Purita, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, stem cell pioneer and founder of the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine, said that Santiago University has all the human and physical resources and conditions necessary to become the capital of stem cell research and advances in South America.
Purita’s foresight launched an alliance between GSCG and Santiago University that led way to building an academic program to meet the needs of physicians, engineers, biologists and biochemists required to move regenerative medicine forward.
The Diplomat in Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering program will begin in 2016, with a first phase designed to carry it through 2020. A maximum of 15 students will make up groups who will occupy individual biological work stations, study electron microscopy, flow cytometry, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and faculty-arranged resources to make this international diploma program a recognized leader worldwide for the training of specialists in the field of stem cell medicine.
Open enrollment will begin April 30 for high-achieving medical professionals with qualified credentials, who will receive dual certification—a diploma in Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering from the University of Santiago, and the American Certificate of Protocols from Global Stem Cells Group, and its affiliate, Stem Cell Training, Inc. The course will include practical, hands-on training during which students will apply stem cell harvesting and implantation techniques learned in the laboratory, quantify cell counts, weigh comparisons and ultimately experience stem cell therapy in all its dimensions, to use in different areas of medicine and dentistry.
"Between physicians, biologists, biochemists and engineers, we have collectively built a curriculum that is designed for the new generation of medicine,” says Testart, Global Stem Cells Group Chief Medical Officer. “But even more important, we will provide a new generation of patients with therapies that will enable them to improve their quality of life for years to come, and to enjoy the longevity given us in the modern world."
“The Diplomat in Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering program will offer medical professionals invaluable lessons in this new art of stem regenerative healing, as well as the scientific and practical methodologies involved in stem cell medicine,” says Benito Novas, Global Stem Cells Group CEO.
Educational strategies will be taught in theory and in practical hands-on classes, during which students can raise questions and work on problem solving.
For more information, visit the Global Stem Cells Group website, email bnovas(at)stemcellsgroup(dot)com, or call +1 305 560 5337.
About Global Stem Cells Group:
Global Stem Cells Group is the parent company of six wholly owned operating companies dedicated entirely to stem cell research, training, products and solutions. Founded in 2012, the company combines dedicated researchers, physician and patient educators and solution providers with the shared goal of meeting the growing worldwide need for leading edge stem cell treatments and solutions. With a singular focus on this exciting new area of medical research, Global Stem Cells Group and its subsidiaries are uniquely positioned to become global leaders in cellular medicine.
Global Stem Cells Group’s corporate mission is to make the promise of stem cell medicine a reality for patients around the world. With each of GSCG’s six operating companies focused on a separate research-based mission, the result is a global network of state-of-the-art stem cell treatments.