ISRMS is a non-governmental and non-for-profit association, which acts as a multi-disciplinary platform for fundamental science and research, medicine and veterinary fields.
As an international forum, ISRMS brings together the expertise of well-known specialists from different fields, in order to build a cooperation framework for the sustainable development of research and treatment therapies.
The multi-disciplinary field of regenerative medicine aims at the replacement, repair or restoration of normal function to disease organs/tissues by the delivery of safe, effective and consistent therapies composed of living cells, administered either alone or in combination with specially designed materials (Langer & Vacanti 1993).
The field covers what was thought originally to be separate therapeutic areas: cell therapy and tissue engineering (creation of in vitro tissues/organs for subsequent transplantation as fully functioning organs or as tissue patches) among others (Baron & Storb 2008).
Therapeutic examples include replacement (transplantation), repair (exogenous cell therapy) or regeneration (mobilization of endogenous pools of stem cells) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
Baron F., Storb R. 2008. Stem cell therapy: past, present, and future. In Advances in tissue engineering (eds Polak J., Mantalaris S., Harding S. E., editors.), pp. 561–591 London, UK: Imperial College Press.
Langer R., Vacanti J. P. 1993. Tissue engineering. Science 260, 920–926