The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program


The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program

Healthcare is experiencing an evolving crisis as conventional treatments reach their limitations and the United States develops an ever growing aging population. In this medical environment new and alternative strategies are needed. Stem cell based therapies are being evaluated for the treatment of a wide range of disorders. It is estimated that 132 million individuals in the United States alone may benefit from stem cell based therapy with the largest impact on patients with cancer, diabetes, autoimmune, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. Patients with other disorders likely to benefit include osteoporosis, severe burns, and spinal cord injuries. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified regenerative medicine as the “next evolution of medical treatments”. Due to the potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine to renew and restore organ and tissue function, physicians will have the ability to treat numerous ailments. Current stem cell treatments have shown success over the years and it is anticipated that the therapies will be further refined to improve success rates as the results of the over 3000 clinical trials are reported. This new field of medicine is expected to revolutionize health care.

The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program was created to fill the growing need for knowledge on stem cells and regenerative medicine amongst physicians and healthcare professionals. This comprehensive program is guided by pioneer and stem cell expert Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj and other top scientists & physicians practicing in the field of regenerative medicine. The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program (ASTEP) covers topics from the basic principles of stem cell biology to the current advancements in stem cell research. This program consists of online lectures covering twenty topics on all the body systems. Physicians will learn cutting edge stem cell therapies being developed for treatment of diseases associated with aging. The goal of the program is for physicians to become proficient in key concepts of stem cell biology while gaining insight into new therapeutic opportunities in regenerative medicine.


ASTEP Mission Statement

The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program’s (ASTEP) mission is to support the advancement of stem cell research, practice and regenerative medicine through the education of physicians and healthcare providers. ASTEP intends to improve healthcare through the collaborative discoveries and innovation in patient care, education and stem cell research.The faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and physicians involved with any course provided by ASTEP aim to engage learners with interdisciplinary efforts so they may translate this knowledge into clinical practice and become leaders in the field of regenerative medicine.


The Purpose of ASTEP

The Advanced Stem Cell Education Program’s continuing medical education (CME) promotes education in the practice of regenerative medicine while encouraging life-long learning and professional development. ASTEP aims to provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with high quality, evidence-based educational activities focusing on advances in regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, laboratory research, and legal, regulatory and ethical disciplines. The overall goal of the program is to augment physician knowledge, enhance competence and performance in practice, allowing for appropriate stem cell protocols to be recommended and performed for patients in need.