Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research Lab

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford received a gift from the Blazer Foundation to help create a laboratory on campus that unites renowned physicians, researchers and technologies to produce cutting-edge cell regeneration research in support of people with disabilities. The Regenerative Medicine Disability Research Laboratory (RMDR) is located within the Department of Biomedical sciences.

Through a combination of the Blazer Foundation gift and matching funds from the University, the College has recruited faculty positions including a senior scientist as the Cedric W. Blazer Professor for cell regeneration research who will also serve as the director of the research program. A second named professorship will also serve as the Michael A. Werckle, MD, Professor who will partner with the senior scientist to ensure the success of the research program.  Additionally, a curriculum and educational program will be developed for students interested in Regenerative Medicine. This will expand and enhance the work in this field and, hopefully, lead to life-changing discoveries.

In addition, the Regenerative Medicine Disability Research Laboratory will train clinicians, medical students, budding scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students on the science of regenerative medicine. Thus, Rockford will become a hub for training the next generation of clinicians and scientists who will be experts in regenerative medicine for individuals with disabilities.