Centre for Regenerative Medicine
The Board of Trustees approved and endorsed “stem cell biology” as one of AKU’s core research themes in 2009. A bi-phased programme has been proposed to develop critical capacity in stem cell science and regenerative medicine therapies. A joint presentation of the roadmap was made to the Board of Trustees by Dr El Nasir Lalani and Dr Arnold Kriegstein, Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, University of California-San Francisco.
Phase 1 (2015-2019)
A five-year start-up plan for a stem cell science and therapies that will establish the critical mass of stem cell researchers and the state-of-the-art infrastructure which are prerequisites to achieving these objectives. Specifically this phase involves:
capacity building in basic, clinical and translational research;
education and training;
construction of core research facilities and regulatory frame works; and, public information, engagement and advocacy.
Phase 2 (2020-2024)
Establish an AKU-Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health
The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health represents flagship research programs on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). The Centre is well-placed to potentially address priority research issues of relevance to women and children in developing countries, with a large existing portfolio of work related to infectious diseases, perinatal health and outcomes, maternal and child nutrition, and early childhood development.