Toronto, ON – The Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital celebrated the official opening last week of a new Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Musculoskeletal Research.
“Through their investigations into the biology of stem cells and the mechanisms behind tissue regeneration, Lunenfeld scientists are leading research that will open the door to improved therapies and possible cures for spinal cord injury, damaged joints, arthritis, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, among other illnesses,” said Dr Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld.
The new centre includes laboratory facilities and instruments to support the research of the hospital’s scientists, orthopaedic surgeons and pathologists in stem cell biology, arthritis, sarcoma, and osteoporosis, among other areas.
The hospital says the initiative represents Canada’s first collaborative effort involving scientists and clinicians dedicated to discovering and applying new knowledge into bone and tissue regeneration, including the development of joint replacements.
“This centre will help Ontario build its reputation as an international centre of medical research,” said Glen Murray, the province’s minister of research and innovation, at the opening.
The centre includes 10,000 sq ft of research facilities, expanding on the Lunenfeld’s existing facilities at the same location, which include over 155,000 sq ft of laboratory space.