The present online course in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine has a clinical focus, incorporating basic aspects of Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering. Students have the opportunity to learn about new, up to date technologies that are applicable to modern therapeutic approaches such as stem cell applications, nanomedicine, tissue engineering.
Project topics include stem cell biology, cell therapy, tissue engineering, functionalized scaffolds, biomaterials.
The course is open to suitably qualified Greek and International graduates, holding at least a Degree in Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry or related fields. It is included in the Nanotechnology-Nanomedicine category of our online courses and it runs via a user-friendly educational platform. Once the participant completes all the units successfully, he/she receives a certificate of training.
This e-learning programme is open to suitably qualified Greek and International graduates, holding at least a Degree in Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry or related fields.
The programme provides a detailed introduction to the biology of stem cells, including, stem cell types and sources, self-renewal, differentiation and lineage commitment. More importantly, this course introduces the main aspects of Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative Medicine seeks to devise new therapies for patients with severe injuries or chronic diseases in which the body’s own responses do not suffice to restore functional tissue. To this end, Stem cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine introduces novel methods and strategies to replace or regenerate cells, tissue or organs in order to restore and establish normal function. The strategies used in Regenerative Medicine include stem cell-based therapy, biomaterials and scaffolds seeded with cells.
In all cases, autologous or allogeneic mature functional cells (cell replacement), modified human cells (cell-based gene therapy) or stem cells have been used in transplantation. There are several parameters to take into consideration for a successful cell-based therapy. Basic tools for cell transplantation are the scaffolds, usually made by natural or synthetic materials with diverse bioactivity and mechanical strength. Scaffolds provide the appropriate environment for cellular growth and organogenesis. Recent studies have been focused on various applications based on stem cell transplantation based on scaffolds or biomaterials. Critical issues for Regenerative Medicine, including the type of stem cells together with the selection of the appropriate biomaterials or nanomaterials, are being analyzed in this module.
- Lesson 1 - Current and future perspectives of regenerative medicine
- Lesson 2 - Biologic and molecular aspects of regenerative medicine
- Lesson 3 - Embryonic stem cell types
- Lesson 4 - Fetal stem cells
- Lesson 5 - Adult stem cells
- Lesson 6 - Biomaterials in regenerative medicine
- Lesson 7 - Nanotechnology and regenerative medicine
- Lesson 8 - Examples therapeutic applications (cell therapy)
- Lesson 9 - Examples of therapeutic applications (tissue engineering)
- Lesson 10 - Regulations and ethics