The Power of Stem Cells

It all starts with a single cell—a non-embryonic stem cell that can give rise to anything. It could become the spinal cord for a Parkinson’s disease patient or the vital organ desperately needed for transplant. Throughout the entire CU School of Medicine, from ophthalmology to dermatology, oncology to orthopedics, the possibilities of harnessing the power of non-embryonic stem cells for tissue regeneration and treatment are nearly limitless.

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus staff teaches bodies to heal themselves. They are bringing life-saving treatments into practice in record time, accelerating timelines toward clinical trials and FDA approvals by years or even decades.

Researching the cures of tomorrow

There are four key focus areas for research happening at the Gates Center.

Stem Cell Biology – Researchers are trying to better understand how stem cells grow tissue, organs, bone and blood. By understanding how stem cells operate, researchers can come up with therapies for patient treatments.
Stem Cells and Cancer – Our researchers are figuring out how cancer grows to better understand how to stop the progression of cancer and even reverse it.
Stem Cells and Disease – Our researchers are developing therapies for various diseases including lung disease, muscle deterioration and type 2 Diabetes.
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine – Our center is reproducing and growing stem cells to repair damaged cells.

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Dr. Roop, Director of the Charles C. Gates Center


  • First in the country to establish Phase 1 clinical trials to test drugs targeting cancer stem cells.
  • First in the country to conditionally immortalize blood stem cells and expand them indefinitely.

The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine is pushing the boundaries of medicine and developing therapies that will transform medicine.