New Sagol Center to Spur Regenerative Medicine Revolution
TAU’s new Sagol Center for Regenerative Medicine will accelerate research and training at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in this cutting-edge field.
Honorary Doctor and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors Sami Sagol established the game-changing program designed to incorporate regenerative medicine into mainstream medical practice.
Although most medical strategies focus on treating symptoms, regenerative medicine aims to develop therapies that can regrow, repair and heal tissues and organs damaged by age, disease or trauma. Based on the manipulation of stem cells or their derivatives, these treatments could decrease reliance on organ transplants.
Despite their great promise, the number of regenerative medicine applications approved for medical use is low because the process of transforming research findings into practical treatments is lengthy and complex. Sagol and TAU hope to change this reality.
Through the Center, students will be able to follow an MD-PhD track focused on regenerative medicine with the support of dedicated fellowships. In parallel, the Center will provide research grants and cutting-edge equipment to facilitate discoveries. It will also secure the recruitment of Prof. Benjamin Dekel, a physician and scientist from the Sheba Medical Center and a leading expert in the field, to head the initiative.
Within a decade, Center heads aim to move several new regenerative medicine therapies toward clinical trials.