The Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) has been selected to lead the second phase of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). The five-year, $75 million federally funded project focuses on applying regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries.
The AFIRM-II team will focus on developing clinical therapies over the next five years focusing on:
● Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs
● Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration
● Skin regeneration for burn injuries
● New treatments to prevent rejection of “composite” transplants such as face and hands
● Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen including the bladder, anal sphincter and external genitalia.
Professor James Yoo, is working on bioengineering and replacing parts of the penis to help treat erectile dysfunction. His focus is on the spongy erectile tissue that fills with blood during an erection, causing the penis to lengthen and stiffen.
Perhaps growing up in a country with a large American military presence has stimulated his desire for research in this area.