AIIMS to come up with regenerative medicines for acid victims

Researchers at AIIMS have collaborated with US-based Ohio University to come up with new avenues and techniques in the field of regenerative medicine and nanotechnology which enables damaged tissues and organs to heal themselves.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015, 20:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Researchers at AIIMS have collaborated with US-based Ohio University to come up with new avenues and techniques in the field of regenerative medicine and nanotechnology which enables damaged tissues and organs to heal themselves.

The regenerative medicine techniques will have a direct impact on over 90 percent of Indian patients, suffering from health issues like malignant tumours, possible amputations, infected skin tissue.

"Apart from that this medical advancement is going to be a boon for acid attack victims as their damaged skin can be healed and repaired," said AIIMS Director M C Mishra.

A delegation of 70 researchers from Ohio University and the Union Health Minister J P Nadda will hold meetings on January 12-13.

"We will set up a regenerative medicine centre in collaboration with Ohio University at the newly inaugurated Convergence Block of AIIMS. The Ohio University has already developed advanced techniques in the field of regenerative medicine and nanotechnology and have restored body parts like the trachea and urinary bladder not just for Americans but also for patients in European countries," said AIIMS spokesperson Dr Amit Gupta.

The Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery in 2014 concluded that India alone witnesses around 9-10 lakh burn injuries annually leading to damage of skin and organs. Also as per the health ministry estimates, over 500,000 people die each year because of non-availability of organs.

Experts from various fields like plastic surgeons, engineers, dermatologists, oncologist and even general surgeons will form a part of the project.

The project will be funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).