The Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine opened in 2009 with the recruitment of Curt I. Civin MD as its founding director. Dr. Civin is recognized as a pioneer in cancer research for developing a way to isolate blood stem cells from mature blood cells. The mission of the Center is to discover new treatments and preventive approaches, based on stem cell technology, for important, currently intractable human maladies. The Center is driven by an imperative to work quickly from bench science to the actual use of discoveries to transform clinical medicine.
“This science is a reflection of the mission of the University of Maryland School of Medicine — to take new treatments from bench to bedside, from the laboratory to patients, as quickly as possible.” --Dean E. Albert Reece
The Center provides a focal point of interaction, information, leadership, and facilitation of stem cell research and regenerative medicine applications at the University of Maryland, with links to Johns Hopkins, Federal labs, and corporate researchers across the State of Maryland. To fulfill its mission with specificity, the Center has established a set of five scientific Working Groups for focused research, educational and clinical interactions. The Center is also a founding member of the Maryland Stem Cell Consortium, which created a stem cell core facility to support and accelerate research in the field.