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Regenerative and precision medicines are emerging medical research fields that may provide novel treatments for a number of diseases, including musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as heart disease, among others.

These diseases affect millions of people in Europe and worldwide, negatively impact their quality of life and of their family members, and represent a major economic burden on our health care systems. Current therapeutic approaches available for musculoskeletal, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disorders have proved to be ineffective or insufficient in the long term, which calls for new and innovative strategies to overcome the current challenges presented by these diseases.

Regenerative Medicine is an interdisciplinary research domain combining new therapeutic strategies in specific clinical contexts, aiming at regenerating tissues or organs lost or compromised either by trauma or by disease (Mason C, Dunnill P. A brief definition of regenerative medicine. Regenerative Medicine 2008 Jan;3(1):1-5).  While precision medicine is a novel way of disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability of genes, environment and other factors, providing customised medical decisions and healthcare to each person. (read more)