The Cause

About the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine

The McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine was founded with generous donations from Rob and Cheryl McEwen. Our mission is to be a catalyst for regenerative medicine by facilitating collaboration, supporting research, and promoting awareness of the field.

The centre includes 15 scientists at five Toronto hospitals, as well as the University of Toronto. Currently, these scientists are working to accelerate the development of more effective treatments for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and spinal cord injury. The McEwen Centre is supported by philanthropic contributions and research grants, and is based at University Health Network in Toronto, Canada.

About Stem Cells

Stem cells are undifferentiated (or unspecialized) cells that are capable of renewing themselves indefinitely. A single stem cell has a unique capability to grow and generate a wide variety of specialized cell types (e.g., muscle cells, neurons and heart muscle cells) under the right conditions.

They have the potential to provide us with a renewable, and virtually unlimited, source of cells to repair or replace damaged or diseased cells and tissues.

Stem Cells work hard:

  • We produce them to fix damaged hearts
  • We transplant them to produce insulin
  • We create them to treat leukemia
  • We implant them to replace lost cartilage
  • We use them to regenerate lungs, liver, eyes, and spinal cords