Cordoba, 27 Oct (EFE).- What happens when a lizard has its tail ripped off?. Growing up, the president of the García Cugat Foundation, Montserrat García, responds. This is what regenerative medicine is all about which international experts are discussing in Cordoba.


This doctor presides over the X Congress of Regenerative Medicine, in which a hundred doctors and veterinarians address advances in muscle pathologies, the relationship of cervical pains and growth factors or shock waves in the ailments of muscles, bones or tendons.

Garcia explains to Efe that “we must become aware that the injuries are not solved with prosthetics”, external elements that “as much progress, will not leave us the same as before the injury”.

At the Foundation he chairs, they serve elite athletes from all over the world who suffer serious injuries such as torn ligaments, which can prevent professional exercise.

And in this field, veterinarians are “essential”, so the foundation collaborates with the Department of Medicine and Animal Surgery of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Córdoba (UCO), because “translational medicine” is the one that allows us to investigate in a laboratory, test advances in animals and then incorporate them into regenerative medicine in specialties such as traumatology.

Currently, the Catalan foundation collaborates with the UCO in the development of a biological mesh, from chondrocytes or growth protein, to treat defects in cartilage.

Garcia emphasizes that it is important to study stem cells, but also of many other cells because although adult humans “cannot, for the time being, regenerate as reptiles, embryos do have a greater regeneration capacity”.

The metaphor of reptiles may sound like science fiction, but, the doctor points out that “this way advances regenerative medicine”.

The president of the multidisciplinary Foundation dedicated to concrete sports medicine that they investigate “so that the human body itself is able to cure ailments and injuries in muscles and joints”.

At the moment, the best prevention is to avoid injury and lead a healthy life and diet throughout life and, above all, “don’t think that a prosthesis will fix everything” because “any external element that is incorporated, is not going to replace the injured muscle or bone,” says Dr. Garcia.

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