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The Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery houses an internationally renowned staff of pediatric surgeons, surgical and pediatric physician trainees and nurse practitioners skilled in pre- and postoperative surgical care. Our surgeons serve important roles in multidisciplinary programs and services throughout Cincinnati Children’s that involve highly specialized training and expertise.
A team of scientists, led by Dr. Michael Helmrath, director of Surgical Research for the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program, have discovered a means to growing human intestinal tissue in mice. This is a milestone in the search to treat intestinal diseases. As this research continues to thrive, it has the potential for growing replacement organs from an individual's own cells.
“These studies support the concept that patient-specific cells can be used to grow intestine,” Helmrath says. “This provides a new way to study the many diseases and conditions that can cause intestinal failure, from genetic disorders appearing at birth to conditions that strike later in life, such as cancer and Crohn’s disease. These studies also advance the longer-term goal of growing tissues that can replace damaged human intestine.”
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