Degenerative diseases have an enormous economic and social impact on BC’s aging population. In the long term, identifying cells that could regenerate organs damaged by degenerative diseases could revolutionize how these conditions are managed. Care could shift from expensive, lifelong drug treatments to therapies that permanently restore organ function. Research suggests that bone marrow contains stem cells (precursor cells that have the ability to develop into cells specific to types of tissues) capable of repairing damaged tissues in adults. To efficiently use stem cells, however, the cells responsible for tissue repair must be identified from among the many cell types present in bone marrow. Dr. Fabio Rossi is identifying bone marrow cells that repair damaged muscle, exploring their characteristics and investigating how they repair damaged tissue. Findings could lead to therapies that efficiently restore organ function.