Stem cells have an innate property that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life.
The goal of scientists has been to find and supplement the cells in the kidneys that lead to organ regeneration. Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have recently identified certain mesenchymal cells, a type of stem cell, that plays a large role in kidney healing. These types of stem cells can be transplanted into the body to promote regeneration of damaged kidney tissue and reduce overall inflammation. Additionally, stem cells have already been used in conjunction with organ transplant to eliminate the need for a lifetime of immunosuppressant drugs. Patients, such as Rob Waddell, with a family history of polycystic kidney disease opted for a stem cell transplant to ensure long term success following his kidney transplant. He now lives a very active lifestyle, free of once necessary drugs