About Us

At CRM, our scientists are conducting research that helps clinicians cure diseases. 

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The Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research (CRM) is one of the most ambitious and mission-critical initiatives at AKU. CRM is an autonomous university-wide academic entity, focused on stem cell and related research themes.


Our Partner

UCSF AKU Logo.pngThe Centre for Regenerative Medicine has partnered with the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, University of California San Francisco to develop research capacity in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. This is aligned with AKU's vision to become a research-led university. Learn more.


Our Mandate

The mandate of CRM is to undertake research, educate, innovate, and commercialize applications related to regenerative medicine and stem cells. In this manner, CRM will be supporting the broad priority research themes of the University's Research Strategy.


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Meet Our Executive Committee

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The Executive Committee of CRM is a unique embodiment of the partnership between UCSF and AKU. The Committee is engaged in the strategic development of the program, ensuring execution of the pillars of focus, developing research themes and programmatic structures, development of research infrastructure, creating bridges and dialogue between researchers on both ends, and ensuring quality, safety, and ethics in all aspects of CRM. 

Pillars Of Focus

Phase 1: 2017-2021


Research Focus

  • Stem cell biology

  • Stem cell niche

  • Generation of disease-specific iPSC cell lines

  • Creation of an iPSC stem cell bank

  • Clinical trials and drug development  


Critical Capacity

  • Building critical human capacity of:

  • Basic and clinical scientists

  • Postdoctoral fellows

  • Clinical fellows

  • Graduate students

  • Research associates

Education and Training

  • Offer graduate studies: Master and PhD in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology

  • Offer training, workshops, and seminars



Building Core Research Facilities

  • Develop an integrated state of the art research centre incorporating laboratories and core facilities to include

  • Imaging Core

  • FACS Core

  • Academic Pathology Core

  • Sequencing & Bioinformatics Core

  • Epigenomics Core

  • Drug Discovery Core

  • Vivarium

Public Information,
Engagement and Advocacy

  • Develop patient and public information material related to:

  • Stem cells

  • Regenerative medicine

  • Potential therapeutic applications - hope versus hype

CRM will be working with UCSF towards developing five areas in Phase1 from 2017-  2021

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Connect with our Administrative Team to discuss ideas, gather information, or express concerns here.